An international conference on stabilizing Afghanistan has concluded in London with a pledge by delegates to contribute more than $140 million to a fund designed to reintegrate Taliban militants into Afghan society.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced the pledge Thursday at the end of the one-day meeting, attended by delegates from around 70 countries. The foreign secretary says the money pledged will be for the first year of the program, and that there is an international commitment to the reintegration effort.
The entire program is thought to be worth around $500 million. It will give jobs to former Taliban fighters who have renounced violence and extremism as part of a plan to weaken the insurgency in Afghanistan.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told delegates Afghan President Hamid Karzai's plan to reintegrate Taliban militants would bring greater stability and security to the country.