ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has granted $1 million for the flood affectees of Nepal, a foreign ministry statement said yesterday.

A statement released by the foreign ministry said: “In an expression of solidarity with people and Government of Nepal, Pakistan’s ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed handed over the cheque of $1 million to Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba.” The contribution, it said, was from the people and government of Pakistan for “our Nepalese brothers and sisters who suffered loss of lives and livelihood.”

Nepal, the statement added, is a close friend in Pakistan’s neighbourhood and member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.  “The assistance of Pakistan for the flood affectees of Nepal is in line with our tradition of providing relief assistance to the people of our friendly countries in difficult times. It will further strengthen bilateral relations and the friendship of the people of the two countries,” the statement said.