KABUL - Japan has agreed to fund a further $117 million in financial aid for development projects in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
Ministry officials said that four main projects will be funded by the new aid: road maintenance, water supply network of New Kabul Project, the development of Kabul International Airport, and fuel purchases for government organisations.
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul welcomed the aid saying that Japan has made a significant contribution to aid Afghanistan in the past decade.
Outlining the breakdown of the $117m, Rassoul said $34.6m will go towards buying oil, $16.8m for the development of parking and power at Kabul International Airport, $33.9m to repair roads and $31.6 million for the water supply of the New Kabul City (Desabz project).
"We promised $3 billion at the Chicago meeting from 2012 up to 2016 for five years. Last week we signed $281m with the United Nations which becomes around $400m with today's aid [pledges]," Japan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Hiroshi Takahashi said at a press conference.
Japan is the largest foreign aid donor to Afghanistan after the United States, MOFA officials said. (Tolo News)