Richmond Times-Dispatch

Donor nations offer $12B in support forAfghani­stan


GENEVA— Donor countries on Tuesday held out the possibilit­y of $12 billion in aid for Afghanista­n over the next four years, but they made clear that the money flow depends on progress on peace, human rights and the fight against corruption.

A donor conference among nearly 70 countries was held in Geneva against the backdrop of deadlocked peace talks, resurging violence and the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The amount fell short of the $15 billion pledged at the previous such event in 2016.

Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar welcomed the new level of support, noting that it comes as countries are grappling with the COVID-19 crisis.

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