Huge mineral resources discovered in Afghanistan

11:25, June 15, 2010      

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The result of a survey conducted by the United States Geological Agency (USGA) shows that Afghanistan has huge deposits of minerals worth over 1 trillion U.S. dollars, spokesman for the Presidential Palace Waheed Omar said Monday.

He also described it as good news for his war-torn nation, saying investment in the field would create job opportunities, alleviate poverty and unite the people of Afghanistan.

"I think it will unite the Afghan people and it will bring them to realize that Afghanistan is a country full of resources," Omar told reporters in his weekly press briefing here.

He made the comments in the wake of a report released by the U. S. administration that the militancy-hit and poor Afghanistan could become a major world producer of minerals including iron and copper.

"The USGA was contracted by the Afghan government to do a survey, and this is basically an Afghan government-initiative," President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman Omar emphasized without giving more details.

He also said that the government is expecting he Ministries for Mines and Commerce and other institutions to take necessary steps for exploration and utilize the untapped treasures as soon as possible.

"The survey conducted by the USGA shows Afghanistan will have a bright future if its mineral resources are properly explored and utilized," he added.

According to the study, the biggest deposits discovered so far are iron and copper And the quantities are large enough to make post-Taliban Afghanistan a major world producer of minerals.

However, Afghanistan which was mired with over three decades of war does not have any mining industry or infrastructure to explore natural resources properly, so it will take decades for the country to exploit its untapped underground treasury properly.

Source: Xinhua


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