Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

2020 Afghanistan Conference participants arrive for the plenary session at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation.

The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.

Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m.

The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields.

Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity.

He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process.

Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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