State Department: Economic Aid ‘Continues Apace’ as US, Pakistan Work to Amend Ties

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U.S. civilian assistance to Pakistan “continues apace” even as the country moves to slow down its military aid to the Asian country due to concerns over its commitment to the U.S.-led counterterrorism fight in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State said Sept. 27 in Washington D.C.

The remarks come after the U.S. senate appropriations committee approved restrictions on U.S. aid to Pakistan as part of the fiscal 2012 state and foreign appropriations bills it passed and sent for a full Senate floor vote. The restrictions include making all U.S. economic aid to Pakistan conditional on the country’s cooperation with the United States against militant groups such as the Haqqani network, which is deemed responsible for the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Pakistan.

At the Washington press briefing, U.S. Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland did not provide further details on the Obama administration’s plans regarding economic aid to Pakistan, explaining that such decisions are “made with regard to our conversation with the government of Pakistan.”

Nuland said key U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are in “intense consultation and conversation with their Pakistani counterparts” to repair U.S.-Pakistani ties that have been strained due to several recent events, including the discovery and killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a military town near the Pakistani capital earlier this year.

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