Japan pledges fresh aid of $13 million to Afghanistan
khaama.com -- Feb 12
The government of Japan pledged over $13 million to support development projects in Afghanistan. The funds will be spent on development projects at Behsud and Surkhrod districts of eastern Nangarhar province.
Japan ambassador to Afghanistan Hiroshi Takahashi while signing the agreement with the Afghan foreign ministry's political deputy on Monday said the funds will have a positive impact on the lives of local residents in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and will be spent on schools, clinics and bridges along with culverts.
This comes as Japan assisted around $20 million to Afhganistan Rural Rehabilitation and development ministry for development projects in other provinces of Afghanistan.
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