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U.S. Envoy Says Afghanistan Aid Tied To Reforms

Daniel Feldman

A senior U.S. diplomat says continued international aid for Afghanistan will depend partly on progress fighting corruption and human rights abuses.

Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman, speaking in Brussels on December 2 ahead of a donors' conference in London, said the new Afghan government has shown "commitment to fundamental reforms" but much remains to be done.

Answering to an RFE/RL question during a telephone news briefing, Feldman said donors expect the new Afghan leadership to outline its future strategy to fight corruption and improve the human rights situation in the country.

"A portion of our assistance will continue to be channeled through incentive mechanisms to encourage Afghan progress on a range of reforms, and part of that will be anticorruption as well," Feldman said.

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah are due to meet donor representatives on December 3-4 in London.

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