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US expects donors to pledge $3 bn a year for Afghanistan at Brussels conference

The Brussels conference comes in the backdrop of a reduced US and international military presence in Afghanistan and will work towards helping the Afghan government in establishing an agenda for increased self-reliance, Photograph: (Getty)

WION Washington, United States Sep 30, 2016, 06.09 AM (IST)


A senior US official said on Thursday that the donors, at an upcoming international conference, are expected to pledge about USD 3 billion dollars a year for Afghanistan through 2020. 

 

Afghanistan and European Union (EU) are set to host a donor conference on October 4 in Brussels to seek backing for reforms and work towards stabilising and developing the South Asian nation. Around 70 states and 30 international organisations are expected to attend the conference, Reuters reported today.  

 

The US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson told a Washington forum that the US government would seek to maintain US assistance "at, or near" current levels for the period to 2020, through Congress.

 

The funds, however, will be dependent on reforms and efforts to counter corruption, he said. 

 

Afghanistan and European Union (EU) are set to host a donor conference on October 4 in Brussels to seek backing for reforms and work towards stabilising and developing the South Asian nation
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The conference comes in the backdrop of a reduced US and international military presence in Afghanistan and will work towards helping the Afghan government in establishing an agenda for increased self-reliance, according to the international news agency.

 

"We expect strong pledges of renewed support to be announced next week, collectively totalling over $3 billion a year in development support through 2020," Olson said. 

 

According to Olson, US secretary of state John Kerry is "ready to indicate clearly American intentions to maintain a strong leadership role within the broad coalition of allies and partners engaged in Afghanistan."

 

The US spends $5 billion a year in Afghanistan and Olson stressed the assistance will not be a  "not a blank check" and would be dependent on Afghanistan's progress in carrying out reforms, including countering corruption.

 

US senators had warned earlier this month that a failure to address corruption in Afghanistan could lead  them to rethink the money US spends in Afghanistan each year.

 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
 

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