The U.S. will provide aid money directly to Pakistani agencies and organizations instead of through other American channels including the U.S. Agency for International Development, Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said, according Josh Rogin’s “The Cable” blog.
“We have convinced the government of the United States that the money should be given directly to the Pakistani organizations,” Gilani said, as quoted by Rogin.
Gilani met with U.S. President Barack Obama April 11.
Rogin noted that there has been a “quiet struggle” in Washington on whether the USD1.5 billion aid for Pakistan should be given directly to local groups or channeled through Western organizations. He added that there is no guarantee that the aid will be appropriated in 2011 as several lawmakers are still seeking additional accountability measures.