UK, UAE partner to fund key Afghan road

    The United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to spearhead a project that will further develop an important highway in Afghanistan.

    Seen as key to economic development in Afghanistan, Route 611 will link major population centers from the country’s north and south. Afghanistan is a country of mutual concern for both the United Kingdom and the UAE.

    The memorandum of understanding on the partnership was signed between U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Dec. 20, during the U.K. minister’s visit to the Middle Eastern country, according to a Dec. 20 press release from the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    Read more development aid news online, and subscribe to The Development Newswire to receive top international development headlines from the world’s leading donors, news sources and opinion leaders — emailed to you FREE every business day.

    About the author

    • Eliza Villarino

      Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.