Tue, Sep

UK Pledges $500 Million in Aid to Afghanistan


dfid-desmond-swayneThe British Minister of State at the Department for International Development (DFID), Desmond Swayne, announced Tuesday the UK would provide $500 million dollars in aid to Afghanistan for 2015.

Swayne made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday in Kabul where he praised Afghanistan's endeavors to curb corruption. However, he stressed the need for transparency in using international assistance to Afghanistan.

He emphasized that Britain would continue assisting Afghanistan and wouldn't desert the war-torn country.

"We haven't abandoned Afghanistan. We are here for the long term. We have an enduring commitment. Th

is year we will spend some $500 million dollars in assistance to Afghanistan," he assured.

Touching on the peace efforts in Afghanistan, Swayne spoke of Pakistan's role in the process – which began in 2010 with the establishment of the High Peace Council to bring the Taliban to the negotiation tables.

"The need to proceed with a peace process that has to be the long-term future for Afghanistan and I am confident that Pakistan has a proper role to play in facilitating that process and the United Kingdom will do everything it can to assist with that as we move forward."

The UK has been among the largest donor countries to Afghanistan, playing a major role in Afghanistan's reconstruction after the ousting of the Taliban in 2001.