ISLAMABAD US Senator John F Kerry reminded President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting on Tuesday that they could not release money under Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for the year 2010 before the audit of the disbursements made in 2009. Visiting Senator Kerry accompanied with the US Ambassador here Anne W Patterson called on the President at the Presidency and reaffirmed the American commitments to continue multifaceted support to Pakistan. According to an official handout, Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Ahmed Khan, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other senior officials were also present during the meeting. The President also asked the US Senator to use his influence for timely reimbursement of nearly 1.5 billion dollars on account of CSF to Pakistan. However, sources informed TheNation that he referred to the US law that required audit by the American auditors of the previous disbursements before the release of subsequent funds. Matters relating to Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, bilateral relations, the fight against militancy, and regional situation came under discussion during the meeting, the sources further informed. According to the President, Pakistan looks forward to engage more closely with the United States on the bilateral political track including strategic dialogue. The President stressed the need for channelling the US financial assistance under the KLB Act through the Government in accordance with indigenous priorities and programmes. But the sources informed TheNation that Senator Kerry again reminded the President that channels for the US economic assistance were very much prescribed in the relevant legislation and it was not possible to change them with an amendment. Therefore, the sources further disclosed, the visiting Senator told President in so many words that routing the US economic assistance through the government channels was not possible. The US intended to route this assistance through the non-governmental apparatus to ensure transparency, accountability and efficacy in terms of results, he maintained during his meeting with the President. Earlier, the President also called for early completion of legislation for Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) and urged softening of counterproductive labour provision. Pakistan looked forward to enhancement of area as well as product coverage in the ROZs scheme, the President said. The ROZs should not be seen as trade concessions but an effective instrument to quell militancy and extremism and part of strategic political and economic support framework. Kerry assured the President that the US would continue to provide all possible assistance to the democratic dispensation in Pakistan in strengthening democracy, rule of law, sustainable economic development and its capability to effectively take on militants.