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Pakistan Accepts India’s Offer, Requests For More Support

Aug 20th 2010 at 5:14 AM

(Pakistani News) New Delhi: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi requested to the international society to provide more and instantaneous aid to handle with the humanitarian disaster due to the floods. Furthermore, Pakistan has decided to accept flood aid from its neighbor India, saying the offer was a very welcome initiative as both countries look to get better their tense associations. Overseas Minister Qureshi told India’s NDTV television in an interview broadcast Friday that Islamabad would take India’s offer of five million dollars, which was made last Friday. I can share with you that the government of Pakistan has decided to accept the Indian offer, Qureshi said from New York, where he addressed a special session of the UN General Assembly called to enhance aid for flood sufferers. I think this initiative of India is a very welcome initiative. India and Pakistan have made major efforts in recent months to build confidence in their relationships, which were badly tense by the Mumbai 2008 terror attacks, which Indian blamed on aggressive from Pakistan. The United States urged Pakistan earlier this week to accept the Indian offer and not let opposition stand in the way of helping its citizens in flood-ravaged regions. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rang his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday to express his sense of grief and to condole the deaths resulting from the massive floods. The disastrous floods in Pakistan have claimed nearly 1,500 lives and affected 20 million people. AFP

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