USA cut aid of Rs $500 million.Foreign office

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said Friday that,America has cut aid due to trainer's sending out of pakistan
She made this statement while briefing the senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs. The meeting of the standing committee was held at the Parliament house and was chaired by Senator Saleem Saifullah. The standing committee was briefed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other officials. The standing committee directed the Foreign Ministry officials to ensure that dialogue with India be result oriented.

On Thursday New Delhi said that talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan would take place as planned at the end of July despite the triple blasts in Mumbai.

Pak-US relations:

The senate standing committee on foreign affairs stated that the use of Shamshi air base should not be allowed for any other country. The ministry officials told the standing committee that $500 million out of $800 million in aid was stopped by the US following the decision to send American trainers back adding that talks were underway over the release of $300 million under the coalition support fund. The standing committee also directed that an investigation be conducted in regards to American trainers.

Relations between Pakistan and the US have been on a downward spiral since the Raymond Davis saga in January and were further strained when US special forces killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in Abbottabad.


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