Monday, May 7, 2012

U.S. abandons plan for Afghan consulate which has already cost $80million

The United States has given up on plans to build a consulate in Afghanistan after spending more than $80million and signing a 10-year lease on the site.

Federal officials abandoned the project that would have set up a consulate in the city of Mazar-e Sharif, located in the country's northern region.

Plans were put on halt after the officials determined that the consulate posed serious security concerns.

In 2009, the U.S. greatly invested time and money to move forward with opening the consulate.

Richard C Holbrooke, who was President Barack Obama's envoy to Afghanistan at the time, had advocated for the consulate to be ready in 60 days.

The city was considered safe and U.S. leaders considered the project a symbol of America's commitment to Afghanistan.

As a result, the security issues and building problems were let slide, according to The Washington Post. Read More