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US committed to a strong relationship with Pakistan: State Dept

July 17, 2012


The State Department said on Tuesday that the United States was committed to a "mutually respectful" relationship with Pakistan. -File Photo

WASHINGTON: The United States Tuesday said it remains committed to a “strong, mutually respectful” relationship with Pakistan.

“We consider bilateral US civilian assistance to be an important component of that relationship and believe it can help Pakistan become a more prosperous, stable and democratic state, which serves the national interests of both the United States and Pakistan,” the State Department said in response to a question about American assistance for Pakistan.

The office of Spokesperson said “civilian assistance to Pakistan has been ongoing throughout the closure of the Nato supply lines and has continued after their opening.”

While figures for this fiscal year are not yet available, since the passage of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation in October 2009, the US government has disbursed $2.8 billion in civilian assistance, including approximately $1 billion in emergency humanitarian assistance, the department said.

“Our non-humanitarian civilian assistance funds are spent in five priority sectors: energy, economic growth, stabilization of vulnerable areas, education, and health.

Notably, in 2011 the people of the United States supported the construction of 210 kilometers of road in FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, funded the world's largest Fulbright exchange program, and sponsored initiatives promoting private sector growth and civil society development in Pakistan.”

With regard to Coalition Support Funds, the spokesperson referred reporters to the Department of Defense.