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Work on terminal at Kabul Airport starts

Kabul, November 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News) - Reconstruction of terminal at the Kabul International Airport started on Monday with $35 million funding from Japan, officials said.

President Hamid Karzai laid the foundation stone of the project and appreciated Japan aid. He said the terminal would be reconstructed in a better shape and would give a modern touch.

The Japanese ambassador Junichi Kosuge, who was also present on this occasion, said this showed his country commitment for the uplift of Afghanistan. Japan has given $1.1 billion aid to Afghanistan in different fields of rebuilding so far," the Japanese ambassador said. He added stability in Afghanistan could strengthen peace in the entire region.

Minister for Transportation Niamatullah Ehsan Javed said reconstruction work of the Kabul airport terminal was supposed to start in 2005 and to finish in 2007, but the project was delayed till now due to some technical problems. He said the project would be completed by 2008. A Japanese company called DMC has won a bid for contract on the work. The terminal will have all important blocks.