Efforts Underway To Further Deepen And Broaden US-Pak Bilateral Relationship: Ms. Rocca
01 Mar 2004
WASHINGTON, USA : March 01 (PNS) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Ms. Christina Rocca said efforts were underway to further deepen and broaden the committed sustained multi-year U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship, to the mutual benefit of t
She said this while speaking at the daylong seminar on 'Opportunities and Challenges for Pakistani Americans,' held under the auspices of Pakistani-American Congress (PAC). Ms. Rocca said the U.S. Government is working very hard with the Government of Pakistan to overcome critical challenges, such as terrorism and nuclear proliferation, and to help create opportunities for the Pakistani people.
"Frankly, we feel, although there are difficulties, difficult issues and concerns on both sides, on the whole, we are doing a good job and we are doing so in a rather dramatic way". "Perhaps, the best known measure we are taking to assure the Pakistani people in the U.S.'s commitment for sustained longterm relationship is our five-year 3 billion dollar assistance package."
Ms. Rocca said President Bush told President Musharraf in Camp David last June that he will work with Congress to deliver over $600 million each year for the next five years, and added: "some of you might not know how rare it is for the U.S. Government to actually commit to a multi-year package. "This package, she said places Pakistan among the top recipients of U.S. aid worldwide.
"We also push the Congress to think about committing assistance over the five year period and this commitment of long term engagement with Pakistan." This new package, Ms. Rocca said, is in addition to the U.S. debt relief package which is to cut Pakistan's debt to the U.S. in half from $3 billion to $1.5 billion since September 2001.