Over the years, the emirates have guided Afghanistan as the troubled country sees major humanitarian and security challenges.
Afghans have received different forms of aid from UAE charities, including the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
These include the distribution of hundreds of thousands of iftar meals during the Holy Month of Ramadan, a massive project aimed at providing drinking water to a number of provinces, and a solid commitment to eradicating polio in the country, and in neighbouring Pakistan by 2018.
The UAE has also offered support when it comes to empowering the nation’s women, educating its youth, and creating jobs for its citizens.
Since the 1970’s, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has been committed to helping the country achieve economic stability and prosperity. With over a billion dirhams in contribution in the past five years, the Fund has been able to assist Afghanistan in a number of projects in sectors such as housing, transport and social and health services.
The emirates have also been a beacon of hope and peace in the country. The Fund also allotted millions of dirhams for demining activities in Kandahar, making the province safer for residents.
The two nations are also working hand in hand to combat illegal drug trade.
Moving forward, the UAE has vowed to continue to provide humanitarian and development assistance to affected communities in Afghanistan, and further strengthen their friendship.