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US ready to provide humanitarian aid to Pak refugees

world Updated: May 12, 2009 07:28 IST

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The United States has said it is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the large number of refugees who have fled the Swat valley as a result of Pakistan Army's operation against the militants there.

"At this point we are assessing what the needs are and we are assessing where our aid can fit in and be of use," the State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, told reporters in response to a question.

"We support, of course, the operation in the Swat Valley and we will stand ready to help with any kind of humanitarian situation that might evolve out of it," he said.

It is understood that the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her daily morning meeting with her State Department officials expressed concern over the humanitarian condition, which has primarily resulted out due to the US-pressurized military operation in the Swat Valley, which was recently taken over by the Taliban.

Clinton is believed to have said the US should be ready to provide all kind of humanitarian assistance to the people who have been displaced because of this military action against the terrorists.

"Well, whatever we do will be in close consultation with President Zardari and his government," Kelly said.