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UPDATED: 09:53, July 25, 2006
Germany promises more aid to Afghanistan
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Germany would keep its promise to provide Afghanistan with 80 million euros (about 100 million dollars) this year to help the war-torn country, a German minister said on Monday.

German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul made the remarks after meeting visiting Afghan Finance Minister Anwar ul-Hag Ahadi in Berlin.

Germany, the fourth largest donor after the U.S., Japan and Britain, would stand by Afghanistan, Wieczorek-Zeul said, adding that a key part of the aid will be used in improving energy supplies of Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, at the London conference on Afghanistan, Germany pledged 80 million euros in aid each year until 2010.

Germany has about 2,700 troops in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Recently ISAF troops had been attacked by suicide bombers.

Wieczorek-Zeul noted that Germany would not reduce its aid to Afghanistan at "these difficult times."

Source: Xinhua

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