Norway hikes up Afghan aid



Norway announced that it will boost its civilian aid package to Afghanistan by at least 50 percent this year to prop up rebuilding efforts there. According to Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr, the government has earmarked USD137 million, up from USD90.6 million in 2007. “The answer to the challenges in Afghanistan must be political,” Gahr said. “We must contribute to the strengthening of Afghan institutions at a provincial and a local level and give the Afghan state the resources and the means needed to provide basic services to the population. We must help strengthen and legitimize the Afghan state and unify the country through a policy of reconciliation.”

Source: Norway Increases Afghanistan Aid By 50 percent To NOK750 Mln - AGF (AFP)

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