US aid to Pakistan continues – State Department

U.S. aid to Pakistan is largely unaffected by the increasingly strained relations between the two countries — at least according to the U.S. State Department.

Civilian aid is “an important component” of the “strong, mutually respectful relationship” the United States is committed to maintain with Pakistan, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement released Jan. 20. She added that education, health, economic growth and stabilization of border regions are among U.S. priority areas in the Asian country.

“Civilian assistance to Pakistan continues and has not been interrupted since the tragic Nov. 26 incident,” Nuland said, referring to the U.S. airstrike last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The incident further strained U.S.-Pakistan relations, which have been tenuous since the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani military town in May 2011. The U.S. Congress has repeatedly called for thorough reviews of U.S. aid to Pakistan while a Pakistani parliamentary committee is examining the country’s ties with the United States.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.