Norway increases its contribution to Afghanistan
Norway increases humanitarian contribution to Afghanistan by NOK 48 million by 2018, states Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).
Initially, Norway had spent NOK 158 million on humanitarian work in Afghanistan this year. Drought and conflict, however, have changed the situation in the country and led to an increased need for help, the Foreign Minister points out.
She attended a donor conference in Afghanistan in Geneva on Wednesday.
“The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is now extra demanding because of the drought. This was something I discussed with Afghan authorities when I was in the country last week, Eriksen Søreide told NTB Wednesday.
“We have therefore decided today to step up humanitarian aid to, inter alia, internally displaced persons and those who are most affected by the drought. I have announced here at the High-Level Conference for Afghanistan that Norway will increase the humanitarian contribution by just over NOK 48 million. Norway contributes a total of around NOK 206 million,” says Eriksen Søreide.
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