Washington, Oct 20: The United States has quietly decided to release more than 1.6 billion dollars in military and economic aid to Pakistan.
The aid was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. air strikes against Pakistani soldiers.
Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again.
The U.S. and Pakistan recently announced the restart of their “strategic dialogue” after a long pause.
Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is traveling to Washington for talks this coming week with President Barack Obama.
According to Fox News, Congress has cleared most of the money, and it should start moving early next year, officials and congressional aides said.
The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development informed Congress that it planned to restart a wide range of assistance for Pakistan, mostly dedicated to helping the country fight terrorism.
The U.S. sees that effort as essential as it withdraws troops from neighboring Afghanistan next year and tries to leave a stable government behind.
Other funds include help for Pakistani law enforcement and a multibillion-dollar dam in disputed territory.(ANI)