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Britain assures Afghanistan of continued support

19 Sep 2017 - 09:28
19 Sep 2017 - 09:28

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A British embassy delegation, visiting central Bamyan province, has promised the United Kingdom will continue to support Afghanistan.

The delegation met local religious scholars, civil society activists, journalists, university students, officials and representatives of development councils.

It also assessed implementation of the Citizen Charter Programme in Bamyan and hoped the initiative would help the people of the province.

Siman Boyden, political advisor at the British embassy, said: “We spend our time with the national unity government in Kabul to be in contact with the people who should be aware of important issues.

“We are happy today local people developed organised plans in the framework of the Citizen Charter programme and are implementing them,” he remarked.

The programme was launched in October 2016 to extend basic services to rural areas in all 34 provinces of the country.

Officials said that the scheme was a replacement for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) that was launched in 2003.

British embassy spokesman Jenny Jones said his country would donate six million pounds to the Citizen Charter programme for the economic development of Afghans and in humanitarian aid.

He added Britain would continue supporting Afghanistan, where it had hundreds of military personnel training and advising security Afghan forces.

Deputy Governor Mohammad Asif Mubaligh thanked the British embassy for its cooperation and said Bamyan was on its way to development and progress.

“We need more assistance from the international community and hope it would help Bamyan people in different areas,” he said.

Saiman Boyden asked Bamyan students to register for master’s degree scholarships offered by his country.

Bamyan University Chancellor Masuma Khawari appreciated Britain’s friendly cultural relations with Afghan universalities and said students were interested in applying for educational scholarships.

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