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Pakistan accepts Indian aid offer

Friday, August 20, 2010 11:46:07 AM, PTI

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna with Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad.

(File Photo: PTI)

Accept Indian aid, no role for politics in disaster: US to Pak

Asserting that there is no role for politics in disaster response, the Obama Administration   »

India offers USD 5 million aid to Pakistan flood victims

New York/Washington: After dithering for a week, Pakistan today accepted India's offer of USD five million in aid for flood relief in the country and appreciated its "very positive" gesture.


“I can share with you that the Government of Pakistan has agreed to accept the Indian offer (of $ 5 million aid),” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on the sidelines of the special session of the General Assembly on Pakistan at the United Nations headquarters.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is in New York to attend a special meeting of the United Nations on flood situation in his country, stated this a day after the US said politics should have no role in disaster response and expected Islamabad to accept the Indian aid offer.

While pushing for more international aid for relief and rehabilitation efforts, Pakistan has been dilly-dallying on accepting the aid offered by India last Friday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday and offered more assistance in handling flood relief.

The United States had on Thursday asked Pakistan to accept $ 5 million in flood aid from India as politics should have no role in disaster response.

The Foreign Minister asserted that Pakistan was not playing any politics on aid offer from India.

“We are not playing politics. Let me acknowledge the fact that the Minister for External Affairs, (S. M.) Krishna, called me in Islamabad and he expressed sympathy, he condoled with me on the loss of life, and offered assistance to Pakistan,” he told the NDTV in an interview.


“I think this initiative of India is a very welcome initiative and I’m looking forward to further engagements with my counterpart to improve the environment, to build confidence and to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries,” the Pakistan Foreign Minister said.



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