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Counterterrorism support for Pakistan continues: Ventrell

Published Jul 20, 2012 03:43am

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WASHINGTON: The United States continues counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday but had no specific comment on a House of Representatives measure proposing $ 650 million cut in aid for the country in the next fiscal year.

The Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that the Administration continues to consult Congress but had no particular comment on the ongoing legislative process.

“We obviously continue to support our Pakistani counterparts in key areas like counterterrorism,” he said.

The House passed legislation, proposing a cut down in security aid for Pakistan by $ 650 million. The measure will have to be passed by Senate for it to become effective.

The measure, if passed by both chambers on the Capitol Hill, would be applicable on US aid for Pakistan in the next 2013 fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2012.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's diplomats, led by Ambassador Sherry Rehman, are    continuing their interaction with Congressional leaders to have a better understanding of Islamabad's position on various contentious issues.