Germany supports Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program
Enlarge image Afghan finance minister Zakhilval and German ambassador König at the signing (© German Embassy Kabul) On October 26, the Afghan Minister of Finance, Omar Zakhilwal, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Internal Security, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, and German Ambassador Rüdiger König signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a German contribution to the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP). Germany committed to allocate 50 Mio. Euros (about 70 Mio. USD) for the APRP over the next five years, currently making Germany the largest donor to the program.
The APRP aims at reconnecting members of the insurgency with their communities and the Afghan Government through social outreach and inclusive community development projects. The Program was presented by the Afghan Government at the Kabul Conference on 20 July and received strong international support.
“The Peace and Reintegration Program is a crucial step towards long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan. Germany’s important contribution is also an expression of the long-standing friendship and mutual trust between our two nations”, Ambassador König stressed.
German funds will be provided through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which will support the Afghan Government in the implementation of the APRP.