India`s offer to help Pak flood victims a `good sign`: Hillary

Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 09:26

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said India`s offer of aid to Pakistan`s flood victims is a "very good" sign and both the countries should resolve their problems in a "peaceful way”.

"I think it`s a very good sign," Hillary told Pakistani news channel Geo TV in an interview, transcripts of which was released by the US State Department.

"I think that India`s offer, and I hope Pakistan`s acceptance, demonstrates that despite years of misunderstanding and conflicts and threats and difficulties, in the face of a natural disaster of this significance, the people of India and Pakistan can come together," she said.

Hillary`s remarks came after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani and offered more assistance in handling the devastation caused by the floods.

Singh had said in such times of natural disasters, all of South Asia should rise to the occasion and extend every possible help to the people of Pakistan affected by the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Hillary said the natural disasters help countries to come together and solve long-standing issues. "We saw that, for example, in a very serious earthquake in Turkey some years ago, about 10 years ago. Greece, which has had longstanding problems with Turkey and vice versa, came to the aid of Turkey."

The Secretary of State said she is an "optimist" and believes that "there isn`t any problem between two people that cannot be overcome by good faith and by effort."

"I would love to see the problems between Pakistan and India attacked in a peaceful way by the governments and institutions of both countries and that they would be resolved, because I think it is in the interests of both, particularly the interest of Pakistan."

Hillary said that she would be back to Pakistan at some point of time in the future and also US President Barack Obama.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 09:26

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