Afghanistan continues providing required facilities to aid agencies: official

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KABUL, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The caretaker government of Afghanistan has continued to provide all required facilities and convenience to local and international aid agencies, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Maulvi Abdul Kabir, acting deputy prime minister for political affairs, made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the government's General Directorate of Administrative Affairs confirmed in a statement.

He said that the caretaker government would provide all required facilities for all Afghanistan-based charity organizations, including the ICRC, and non-governmental organizations, the statement said.

Visiting ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart said during the meeting that the ICRC did not leave Afghanistan during the recent political changes and has continued its operation throughout the country.

The ICRC has good cooperation and relations with the Afghan Public Health Ministry, the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and other government-run agencies and related institutions, and the ICRC will continue to further speed up service supplying process in Afghanistan, Stillhart was quoted as saying in the statement.

"We will continue expanding our operation and providing humanitarian aid based on our commitment to the people of Afghanistan," he said.

Kabir thanked the ICRC's continued cooperation with the Afghans particularly at the time when the people badly need humanitarian aid ahead of winter, according to the statement. Enditem

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