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SKorea announces new aid plan for Afghanistan

SKorea announces new aid plan for Afghanistan

South Korea said Wednesday it will send more doctors and nurses to Afghanistan after building a hospital and other facilities there to help rebuild the war-ravaged country.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement the plans are aimed at "actively" taking part in international efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan.
The ministry statement said South Korea will build a hospital, a vocational center and a taekwondo training center at the U.S. Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan by December.
The ministry said South Korea will also send 60 more medical staff and vocational professionals to Afghanistan in January. It said South Korea will also provide the country with 300 motorcycles and 100 ambulances by July.
South Korea ended a five-year deployment of army medics and engineers to Afghanistan in 2007. The pullout, though previously planned, came after a hostage crisis in which the Taliban killed two South Koreans after demanding Seoul immediately withdraw its troops.
A total of 25 South Korean medical staff and other workers are now in Afghanistan for a humanitarian mission, according to the ministry statement.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young said Wednesday that South Korea has no plans to send troops again to Afghanistan.


Updated : 2021-05-12 19:47 GMT+08:00