Norway Allots $9mln to Afghanistan Faryab Province
Afghanistan, Kabul, 8 October / Trend corr. A.Hakimi/ Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta thanked Norway for financial assistance at today's news conference.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gar Stere said his country would render further financial and military assistance to Afghanistan. The assistance will cover the cultural, energy and agricultural fields of the country.
An agreement on training of diplomatic specialists to be able to make reports on the human rights and restoration of Afghanistan was signed between the two countries during Stere's visit.
Norwegian FM will hold a meeting at the Faryab province on 9 October so that to hand in a sum of $9mln, which was allocated within the UN's call to assist Afghanistan.
Jonas Gar Stene will also visit the Gerat province to attend the foundation laying ceremony of 39 schools and 1 library.
So far, 580 Norwegian servicemen participated in provision of security in Afghanistan. Norway annually allocates $65mln to Afghanistan, with total $268mln appropriated up to day ($140mln in 2008).
Norwegian Embassy was opened in Afghanistan in 2002.
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