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America donates USD 249mn despite the recent rift between Kabul and Washington

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America donates USD 249mn despite the recent rift between Kabul and Washington

mcfarlandThe US has pledged USD 249mn to the Afghan government for enhancing counter-narcotics effort, strengthening good governance and facilitating crime investigation.

An agreement to the effect was signed on Wednesday between Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Jawid Ludin and Coordinator Director of Rule of Law and Law Enforcement Stephen McFarland.

The aid money would be granted to the Afghan government in 2016, as per the agreement.

Mr. McFarland said this agreement is an indication of America’s long-lasting support to the Afghan government.

He emphasized that America would not leave Afghanistan alone after 2014 in its fight against narcotics and crimes.

According to Mr. McFarland, part of the aid money would be used towards establishment of new prisons in Baghlan, Kabul and Maidan Wardak.

This finance assistance from the US government comes amid recent tensions that have been rising sharply between Kabul and Washington.

President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday criticized US for their involvement in Afghanistan for personal gains only, claiming the Americans are eyeing off Afghan mines.

He warned that the Afghan government is now aware of their intentions.

Despite Karzais’ remarks the White House has said that the US President’s Barack Obama decision for a 2014 withdraw of soldiers from Afghanistan and helping build the Afghan security forces has not changed.



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  1. Mehdi Barghchi PhD
    Mehdi Barghchi PhD 14 March, 2013, 10:59

    Narcotics:

    Just a few point to note regarding narcotics production in Afghanistan:

    * Farmers are at the bottom of the pile planting opium to produce the narcotics.
    * Farmers get the least of the financial reward, if anything, they have often taken a loan to grow the crop.
    * The main beneficiaries of the narcotics are the middle men and the top men further up the supply chain.
    * The main markets for the narcotics are outside Afghanistan.
    * Under the circumstances, farmers have no other choice rather than planting a crop as cash crop to feed their family.
    * Providing an opportunity for farmers to plant a real alternative crop is a main step to wards addressing the narcotics: Such as security, irrigation water, support for new crop(s), agricultural extension support, marketing support, etc

    Enabling farmers in a country like Afghanistan to be productive and making a contribution to their own well-being and that of their country would be a long lasting investment.

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