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Obama seeks millions from Cong to fortify US missions in Pak

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to release millions of dollars in emergency war funds to increase security of American missions and diplomats in the Islamic nation.

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 15:19 IST

As the threat to the US embassy in Pakistan has scaled up, mainly due to presence of Al-Qaeda and Taliban in that country, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to release millions of dollars in emergency war funds to increase security of American missions and diplomats in the Islamic nation.

In his $ 83.4 billion supplemental request sent to the Congress early this week for the funding of the war against terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama proposed a separate $ 52.9 million for operating and security costs for the US missions in Pakistan.

In addition to this, Obama has requested $ 806.2 million to construct new secure and safe facilities in Pakistan, including a new US embassy building in Islamabad.

Notably, the US embassy in Islamabad had to be closed for a day this week in view of a serious security threat from the extremist organisations.