WASHINGTON (Online) Asserting that there is no role for politics in disaster response, the Obama Administration Thursday said it expected Pakistan to accept the US$ five million aid offer from India for the flood relief work. In terms of responding to a disaster, politics should play no role. You have a country (India) thats willing to help (Pakistan), and we expect that Pakistan will accept, State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley said. Last week, Indian Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna had phoned on his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi and offered US$ five million in aid. However, Pakistan, so far, has not accepted the offer. Nearly one-fifth of Pakistan is badly hit by the devastating flood, the worst for the country in 80 years. Crowley, given the changed circumstance, said, The US has begun to think about what it would do with that long-term security assistance provided under Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill and that could require the US shifting it from what it thought was a priority three weeks ago to what is a priority today. I think what well have to wait and see is what are the mid to long-term economic needs of Pakistan that we could use that funding to address. I guess we would also consider more immediate needs as they arise, he said. Frank Ruggiero, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, also asked Islamabad to accept New Delhis gesture. I think the priority is to use offers of assistance to help the Pakistani people, so we would encourage the Government of Pakistan to accept that offer, he said. Ruggiero said the US would continue to call on the international community to provide the people of Pakistan with the urgently required support, as the scale of the flood was so dramatic. The international community will need to provide even more additional assistance, that the need is extreme at this point, and that the international community and the United States will have to provide support to the Pakistani government to deal with it, said Ruggiero.