A number of National Unity Government (NUG) officials, including the Minister of Finance (MoF), th
MPs Summon NUG Officials Over Brussels Summit
A number of National Unity Government (NUG) officials, including the Minister of Finance (MoF), the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation (MRR), and deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday attended a parliament session where they updated MPs of the preparations regarding Brussels Summit.
Eklil Hakimi, minister of MoF said if the NUG does not address the problem of refugees after the Brussels Summit, a big portion of pledged support will be spent by foreigners in the countries where there areAfghan refugees.
"They will commit to supporting Afghanistan financially. But if we do not solve the refugee problem, then they will spend that money in their own countries to address challenges around refugees," Hakimi said.
Meanwhile, minister of MoFA said the NUG will cooperate with European countries in the deportation of refugees.
"We will cooperate with European countries in deporting the refugees (in order) to secure their financial support at the Brussels Summit," said Salahuddin Rabbani, minister of MoFA.
However, a number of MPs blasted the NUG and said that government has already discussed the issue of repatriation with some European countries.
"Government has an obligation to address its citizens' problems inside and outside the country, but the NUG has dealt with the European countries (so as) to have their financial support in exchange for deporting refugees," said Ghulam Hussain Nasiri, an MP.
Sayed Alemi Balkhi, minister of MRR and Hakimi said that returning refugees from Pakistan and Iran will be a big challenge for the NUG after the Brussels Summit.
"A rumor is heard these days that NUG has signed an agreement with some of the European countries over deporting of refugees, but that is just a rumor," Balkhi said.
Currently more than 5,000 refugees from Pakistan and around 1,000 from Iran return to the country on a daily basis.
In addition to this, bringing administrative reforms, fighting corruption, taking steps toward holding parliamentary elections, improvement of human rights, especially women and children's rights are the promises of the NUG that will be reviewed at the summit.
Ahead of the summit, the NUG prepared a national developmental framework for self-reliance and hopes to secure political and financial support from donors for the next four years.
The following countries are expected to pledge aid to Afghanistan at the summit:
United States: $700 million USD.
Germany: $600 million USD.
World Bank (WB): $400 million USD.
Asian Development Bank (ADB): $305 million USD.
Japan: $400 million USD.
European Union (EU): $220 million USD.
United Kingdom (UK): $200 million USD.
Australia: $81 million USD.
Czech Republic: $2 million USD.
Canada: $55 million USD.
Denmark: $56 million USD.
Finland: $33 million USD.
France: $25 million USD.
Netherlands: $74 million USD.
Norway: $178 million USD.
Sweden: $81 million USD.
Switzerland: $11 million USD.
Turkey: $81, 61 million USD.
Italy: $35 million USD.
The mentioned countries are expected to pledge the abovementioned amounts annually and that Afghan government will receive $3,5 million USD yearly.