UK PM May Reiterates Support for Afghan Peace, £170m Aid Announced for Afghanistan

UK Prime Minister Theresa May had a bilateral meeting with the President Ashraf Ghani.

As per the UK Embassy’s statement, the UK Prime Minister hosted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Downing Street on Monday as part of his Guest of Government visit to the UK.

They discussed the upcoming Presidential elections in Afghanistan and agreed that these must be credible and transparent.

On regional stability, the Prime Minister of UK welcomed the steps toward peace in Afghanistan that President Ghani has taken, as well as his talks with Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan. PM May reiterated the UK’s support for these efforts.

They also discussed the UK’s continued development assistance for Afghanistan, and the Prime Minister highlighted additional humanitarian support over the next five years to help Afghans in urgent need of food, water and medicine.

Moreover in another statement of UK Embassy it was announced that a significant new UK aid package totalling £170 million was announced by UK International Development Secretary Rory Stewart Afghanistan.

The package will provide urgent food, water and medical help, including polio vaccinations for children.

Mr. Stewart announced the UK aid package during a visit of the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani to the UK. President Ghani also met Prime Minister Theresa May, the Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who met President Ghani today, said:

“The humanitarian need in Afghanistan is severe. Fighting and extreme drought have left millions of people hungry and desperately seeking medical help, which is why UK aid is responding with life-saving food, water and basic healthcare, including polio vaccinations.

“This UK aid package is a significant contribution to the international response in Afghanistan. We are working closely with the Afghan government in response to increasing needs. But the UK cannot tackle this crisis alone, and other donors must now step up and follow our lead.”

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