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New Aid for Afghanistan - 2002-10-31


Both the European Union and Japan have granted more humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The European Union says it will distribute more than 17-million dollars to Afghan refugees returning home as well as to internally displaced Afghans. The new pledge brings the European Union's contribution to Afghanistan this year to 62-million dollars.

Afghan's Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah (eds: one name) told V-O-A that Japan signed two memoranda Wednesday giving Afghanistan 136-million dollars for the remainder of the year. Dr. Abdullah, who is visiting Japan, said the aid is part of 500-million dollars that Japan has promised during the next two years.

He said some of the money will be spent on upgrading and modernizing Afghan television.

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