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Japan to allocate USD 109 mn aid to Afghanistan, neighboring countries

Tokyo intends to provide assistance to address humanitarian needs in such areas as healthcare, food, nutrition, water, sanitation and livelihood improvement.

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Tokyo: Japan will allocate about USD 109 million from the country’s supplementary budget to assist Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries to address the humanitarian crisis in the region, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

“On December 20, the Government of Japan decided to contribute a total of approximately 109 million US dollars from the FY2021 supplementary budget to Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Tokyo intends to provide assistance to address humanitarian needs in such areas as healthcare, food, nutrition, water, sanitation and livelihood improvement.

The funds will be allocated through 16 international organizations, including UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Organization for Migration, the World Health Organization and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

According to the statement, USD 100 million will be allocated to Afghanistan, USD 4.01 million to Iran, USD 3.72 million to Pakistan, USD 0.99 million to Tajikistan and USD 0.43 million to Uzbekistan.

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