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World Afghanistan: the international community grants its aid under conditions

01:30  25 november  2020
01:30  25 november  2020 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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  Afghanistan : la communauté internationale octroie son aide sous conditions © AP

The international community grants conditional aid to Afghanistan.

Aid revised downwards following the donors' conference which ended on Tuesday in Geneva: it raised more than 10 billion euros, two less than in 2016, in a context marked by a resurgence of violence in the country, while the dialogue has stalled between Kabul and the Taliban.

"I am delighted that, for the first time, the international community has called unanimously for an immediate, permanent and complete ceasefire," said Ville Skinnari, Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation. "And this in accordance with international humanitarian law. This is what the Afghan people want and deserve."

The conflict, which has lasted for almost two decades, has pushed several million Afghans on the roads of exile, including 300,000 since the beginning of the year. According to the NGO Save the Children, nearly 40% of people living in the country fail to meet their most basic needs.

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