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Donors find $15 billion for Afghanistan

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:34

World powers have raised more than $15 billion to fund Afghanistan over the next four years. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 This is what Afghanistan's up against. Fifteen years after the Taliban was ousted with the help of U.S. forces video posted by the militants purportedly shows their fighters pushing into the centre of Kunduz city. They were still holed up there as more than 70 governments met in Brussels promising greater financial support for a nation they see as crucial to global security. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEVEN MIMICA, EU COMMISSIONER FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, SAYING: "For the period 2017-2020 international partners commit and confirm their intention to provide $15.2 billion in support of Afghanistan's development priorities." Despite such largesse Afghanistan is required to sign up to a range of political, social and economic reforms. The E.U.'s foreign policy chief says they include a demand for Kabul to take back Afghans who are not considered refugees. (SOUNDBITE)(English) E.U. FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF FEDERICA MOGHERINI SAYING: "It's only referring to Afghans who are present on the European Union territory without a legal basis for that, which means without an asylum procedure or without having asked for asylum or having been rejected (for) asylum." The EU says it's also won support for reviving Afghanistan's stalled peace process but that still seems a long way off given the deep divisions between many of the parties involved.

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Donors find $15 billion for Afghanistan

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:34