- Title: Kerry meets Afghan leaders on sidelines of meeting to raise funds for Afghanistan
- Date: 4th October 2016
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 4, 2016) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SHAKING HANDS WITH AFGHANISTAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ABDULLAH ABDULLAH KERRY SHAKING HANDS WITH PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN MOHAMMAD ASHRAF GHANI
- Embargoed: 19th October 2016 17:46
- Keywords: John Kerry Brussels Belgium Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy
- Reuters ID: LVA00152LCUVB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: World powers convened in Brussels on Tuesday (October 4) to raise billions more dollars for Afghanistan to keep the country running until 2020, but hopes for a new start to peace talks were overshadowed by a surge in violence by Taliban fighters.
Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion that ousted Taliban rulers harbouring militants behind the attacks on New York and Washington, Afghanistan remains reliant on international aid and faces resurgent militants that threaten its progress.
The two-day European Union-led donor conference is seeking fresh funds, despite Western public fatigue with their governments' involvement in Afghanistan. Around 70 governments, including the United States, Russia, Iran, China and India, are attending, with pledges to be made on Wednesday (October 5).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Brussels on Tuesday, a day after Taliban insurgents briefly entered the centre of the northern city of Kunduz, raising questions about Afghan defences.
Afghanistan remains one of the world's most dangerous countries, with 1.2 million Afghans forced to live as refugees in their own country and another 3 million living in Iran, Pakistan or seeking asylum in Europe.
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