ISLAMABAD - The United States (US) would continue to maintain partnership with Pakistan to promote peace and stability in the region.
“We are looking forward to enhancing our existing relations in all areas of mutual interest,” said US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson , while talking to Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar.
Richard G Olson and Ishaq Dar discussed bilateral economic issues and cooperation between the two countries.
The ambassador told the finance minister that the US was working with the UN to provide relief to the IDPs who had been dislodged due to the operation in NWA. He added the US had already provided $ 8 million to WFP for wheat to be provided to IDPs by the Pakistan government.
On hydropower generation, the US ambassador told the finance minister that an international investors’ conference on Diamer Bhasha Dam would be held in Washington DC in October 2014 to be co-hosted by Pakistan and USAID. He said Kurram Tangi Hydropower Project was very important which could benefit people of Fata. He pointed out that Italy and Islamic Development Bank were also interested in financing the project. The US envoy told the finance minister that reimbursements to Pakistan on account of Coalition Support Fund were on track.
The finance minister said energy was one of the highest priorities of the PML-N government. In this connection, the government was working on fast track to utilise indigenous sources to reduce dependence on imported and expensive sources, he added. Dar also discussed details of the investors’ conference on Diamir Basha Dam with the ambassador. He appreciated the US support for IDPs and hoped the international community would come forward to provide relief to the IDPs.
Korea has provided $200,000 humanitarian assistance for North Waziristan’s IDPs.
According to a press statement issued by the Korean Embassy on Wednesday, the Government of Korea has decided to extend $200,000 humanitarian assistance through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in close cooperation with the Government of Pakistan.
It further said that the people and the Government of Korea convey their sympathies to the government and people of Pakistan and stand by them in this hour of need.
The Embassy sincerely hopes this aid would help to alleviate the pain and burden of the IDPs up to some extent.