Impoverished Afghanistan will give $100,000 for relief efforts in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Embassy said.
U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann thanked the Afghan people at a ceremony on Sunday at which the aid was pledged by the government on behalf of the people.
“Their compassion and generosity bears testimony to the strength of the ties between our two peoples,” Neumann said.
Hurricane Katrina struck the southern U.S. coast on Aug. 29, wrecking the city of New Orleans and possibly killing thousands.
U.S. forces toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001. About 20,000 soldiers remain, battling Taliban insurgents and conducting security operations ahead of Sept. 18 elections.