Afghans in plea for promised international aid


Afghanistan called on donors not to drag their feet in providing money pledged to help rebuild the war-ravaged country.

We cannot do this by ourselves
Mr Omar Samad, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Mr Omar Samad told business and political leaders at a Swiss conference $800 million had flowed into the country so far, mostly for humanitarian aid.

"If, at the end of the year, we are still stuck in the same situation as we are now, alarm bells should go off," Mr Samad said.

"We cannot do this by ourselves."

Mr Adib Farhadi, head of the Foreign Ministry's reconstruction department, said Afghanistan wanted to attract private investment rather than remain reliant on international aid.

"The long-term solution is the creation of jobs for the Afghan people and the creation of jobs will have to come by attracting foreign investment in Afghanistan," he told Reuters.

Experts say rebuilding Afghanistan will cost at least $15 billion over the next decade.