Germany to continue helping Afghanistan

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25 July 2006, BERLIN - Germany said Monday it will live up to its pledge of providing Afghanistan with 80 million euros ($100 million) this year to help the landlocked nation's reconstruction. A key part of the aid will go towards improving energy supplies, Economic Cooperation Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said after a meeting with Afghan Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi in Berlin. The Afghan people were getting impatient because of power shortages that leave even the capital Kabul with only a few

25 July 2006

BERLIN - Germany said Monday it will live up to its pledge of providing Afghanistan with 80 million euros ($100 million) this year to help the landlocked nation's reconstruction.

A key part of the aid will go towards improving energy supplies, Economic Cooperation Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said after a meeting with Afghan Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi in Berlin.

The Afghan people were getting impatient because of power shortages that leave even the capital Kabul with only a few hours of electricity a day, Wieczorek-Zeul said.

Germany is Afghanistan's fourth biggest donor after the United States, Japan and Britain. At the London conference on Afghanistan earlier this year, it pledged 80 million euros in aid per year until 2010.

Germany has 2,700 troops based in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force which has seen an increase in attacks against its members recently.

Wieczorek-Zeul said Germany would stand by Afghanistan. A reduction of Germany's commitment during "these difficult times" would only play into the hands of the country's former Taliban rulers, she said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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