INTERNATIONAL

Donor Countries Pledge $1.2 Billion For Afghanistan

Donor countries have pledged a total of 1.2 billion dollars to provide life-saving aid to millions of Afghans at a Ministers' meeting for a Donors’ Conference in Geneva.

The United Nations Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths at the conclusion of the meeting said it is not clear how much was earmarked for the un appeal for emergency assistance.

Earlier, the UN Chief Antonio Guterres, speaking to Ministers gathered for a Donor Conference for Afghanistan, urged countries to provide desperately needed aid to Afghans, insisting that "the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline".

The conference was seeking to raise the 606 million dollars urgently needed to provide life-saving aid to millions of Afghans over the four final months of the year.