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Finland pledges $ 55 million in aid to Afghanistan

Thu Mar 08, 2:15 pm

The Finnish Defense Minister says his country will continue to support the military sector of Afghanistan after the year 2014.

The Defense Minister of Finland, Stephen Valine in a meeting with some local officials in Balkh province emphasized that they intended a long-term cooperation with Afghanistan after 2014.

“Finland is committed shoulder by shoulder with NATO-led ISAF to continue cooperation with Afghanistan. If Afghan government and international community decide, the Finnish soldiers will remain in this country continuing their support activities,” the Finnish Minister said.

The Finnish Defense Minister also pledged $ 55 million dollars help to Afghanistan during next three years. The pledged amount is expected to be used in training the Afghan troops and some development sectors.

Last year, Finland provided $ 30 million dollars to the Afghan government.

Currently Finland has 200 soldiers working under the NATO framework in Afghanistan. Most of these Finnish soldiers are deployed in Balkh.  Additionall units are deployed in Samangan, Jawzjan and Sar-i-Pul provinces.

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