June 21, 2016 / 1:47 PM / a year ago

U.S. to give Afghan forces $3 billion a year from 2018-2020: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to provide more than $3 billion a year in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson said on Tuesday.

An Afghan security personnel keeps watch as a helicopter flies during the Afghanistan Air Force readiness performance program at a military airfield in Kabul, Afghanistan February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Speaking at a think tank, Olson also said the United States planned to ask Congress for about $1 billion a year in development and economic assistance for Afghanistan from 2018 through 2020.

Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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