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US announces additional relief assistance to Pak

US President George W Bush has announced an additional $30 million in Disaster Relief assistance to Pakistan.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 08:59 IST

US President George W Bush has announced an additional $30 million in Disaster Relief assistance to Pakistan under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

White House made a formal announcement of the Presidential Determination in the form of a Memorandum to the Secretaries of Defence and State.

Referring to the relevant portions of the Act that gave him authority Bush has determined that "it is in the national interest of the United States to drawdown articles and services from the inventory and resources of the Department of Defence for the purpose of providing international disaster relief assistance to Pakistan."

Further Bush has authorised and directed the Secretary of State to report this determination to the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register.

The State Department has recently said that the United States has pledged a total of $510 millions in earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts to assist the people of Pakistan to support the government there.

This total will include some $310 millions in humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance;and $110 millions in military support for relief operations. Another $100 million has been anticipated from private American contributors.

The Bush administration has also made it known that it has encouraged the international community to respond generously to Pakistan's needs and that at the November 19 Donors Conference in Pakistan some 75 countries and international organisations confirmed $6.2 billions in new and previous pledges for relief and reconstruction.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 08:59 IST