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US to Seek Financial Aid for Afghans from S.Korea, Japan

News2009-10-20

The U.S. is expecting more financial assistance for Afghanistan from South Korea and Japan.

Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell said financial aid is what Afghanistan needs most and that South Korea and Japan have the means to help develop the war-stricken country.

Morrell made the remarks while accompanying Defense Secretary Robert Gates on trips to South Korea, Japan and Slovakia.

Morrell said that he hopes the current levels of aid for Afghanistan can be maintained or increased and that he expects Korea will begin offering economic assistance as soon as possible.

Morrell’s remarks suggest the U.S. will officially request that South Korea provide Afghanistan with financial support, medical contributions and vocational training.

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