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India announces $50 million additional aid for Afghanistan

January 31, 2006 22:29 IST

India Tuesday pledged an additional assistance worth $50 million to Afghanistan, raising the total amount of aid provided to the war-ravaged country to $600 million.

Announcing the additional assistance at the International Donors' Conference in London, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said the amount would be utilised for the construction of Afghan Parliament building in Kabul.

The foundation stone of the building was laid during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Kabul in August 2005. The building is to be completed by 2010.

The Donors' Conference was inaugurated by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Britain and Afghanistan are co-hosting the conference being attended by several foreign ministers.

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