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Aynak copper mine extraction project not in Afghanistan’s interest

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Khaama, 3 June 2015

This is what Afghanistan’s new Mining and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba told the Lower House of the Parliament – and would be a major shift in Afghan politics.

“Saba said he will refrain from the signing of the contract with previous terms and conditions. He said there have been no progress in preliminary works of the project despite seven years have passed since the project was signed. Saba further added that the Chinese company (MCC) which was awarded the project, has sent the feasibility study draft to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum five and half years after the project was awarded. According to Saba, the company has not considered the environmental and social effects of the project in their assessment. He said the company has also stated that most of the commitments are not achievable based on their feasibility study. Saba also added that MCC does not have an office in Kabul and the Ministry will resume talks with the company regarding the project.”