US commitment to Pakistan far beyond fighting extremism: Obama
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday sent his condolences to families of victims of devastating floods in Pakistan and said he believes US` commitment to Islamabad is far beyond fighting extremism.
Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday
sent his condolences to families of victims of devastating
floods in Pakistan and said he believes US` commitment to
Islamabad is far beyond fighting extremism.
"The (US) President recognizes the importance of allies
helping allies in times of need. Our relationship with
Pakistan goes far beyond our shared commitment to fight
extremists," National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer
said in a statement.
"The United States government stands ready to continue to
assist Pakistani authorities address the difficult challenges
posed by this natural disaster," he said.
Hammer said Obama is being kept fully informed on the
evolving situation and the potential impact to well over one
million Pakistani citizens.
"The United States Government was immediately in contact
with the Government of Pakistan to coordinate our support of
their response effort and to ensure aid reaches those who need
it most as quickly as possible," he said.
In addition to an initial amount of USD 10 million aid to
meet urgent requirements for shelter, clean water and other
life sustaining needs, US has provided nearly 190,000 meals,
12 pre-fabricated bridges, four rescue boats, mobile water
treatment units to support the rescue effort, Hammer said.
US helicopters are assisting Pakistan Ministry of
Interior`s rescue operations and have been able to rescue more
than 730 people and transported more than 11,000 pounds of aid
to victims trapped by flood waters, he said.
"More US aircraft will be made available to help
transport and deliver additional critical humanitarian
assistance being sent today and in the days to come," he said.