$1 billion assistance proposed for Pakistan in US 2015 budget

$1 billion assistance proposed for Pakistan in US 2015 budget

siWASHINGTON: The United States has earmarked one billion dollars assistance for Pakistan in the new financial year. President Obama has sent the proposed budget of $3.09 trillion to Congress.

The United States has said it’s $1 billion assistance request for Pakistan in the new financial year, beginning in October, aims at supporting security, stability and economic growth of the South Asian country.

The State Department said the 2015 assistance it is seeking for Pakistan and Afghanistan (totaling $3.6 billion for the two countries) ”protects our national security interests and sustains important investments in the stability, security, and development” of the two countries.

The assistance for Pakistan includes economic and security support in the new budget year that begins on October 1, 2014.

The State Department spokesperson said allocation for Pakistan focuses on developing relationship with Pakistan’s new civilian government to lay the groundwork for stability and growth.

The new allocation for Pakistan and Afghanistan, it said, sustains diplomatic platform, security operations, and priority assistance programs as the Administration determines the size and scope of a post-2014 presence in Afghanistan. The spending plan asks Congress for $1.5 to support Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In $1 billion budget package, the US administration seeks $280 million for Pakistan’s military aid and $720 as non-military assistance

President Barack Obama’s FY 2015 budget request for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) totals $46.2 billion and is part of the overall budget request that has been sent to Congress for approval.

US President Barack Obama has formally released his budgetary request to the Congress for the approval.

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