US tells Pak to accept Indian aid offer

The US said that Pakistan would accept India`s offer of USD 5mn as aid for its flood victims.

Washington: The US on Thursday said that it
expects that Pakistan would accept India`s offer of USD five
million as aid for its flood victims.

State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said that US
believes that politics and diplomatic differences should not
come between humanitarian relief work.

Crowley said US would encourage Pakistan to accept
Indian aid.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had conveyed
India`s offer to his Pakistani counterpart Shah
Mahmood Qureshi during a telephone conversation on Friday.

Krishna described the offer of aid as a "gesture of
solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need".

Mark Ward, Acting Director for USAID`s Office of
Foreign Disaster Assistance said Pakistan floods was one of
the greatest challenges as 17 million Pakistani people were
affected; six million of those needing urgent attention.

Acknowledging that donor fatigue was an issue and has
reflected in the international response to the disaster
assistance for the flood relief work, Assistant Secretary of
State Eric Schwartz said "but I think it`s not an issue for
the US.I think other governments around the world continue to
make relief response a very high priority."

"The international community will need to provide even
more additional assistance, that the need is extreme at this
point, and that the international community and the United
States will have to provide support to the Pakistani
Government to deal with it," said Ruggiero.


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