Pakistan, US discussing all issues: Foreign Office

Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua on Thursday said that communication links between Pakistan and the United States were open and that discussions at all levels were taking place on all issues.

In her weekly brief, she said that all issues were being discussed in political, military and intelligence level talks between the two countries.

She said that the two countries also had discussions on perceptional issues and agreed to continue deeper engagement to address them. They also agreed to work towards addressing each other’s concern.

The spokesperson said Pakistan and US wanted their relationship based on mutual respect, interest and trust.

Replying to a question, she said that Pakistan was an energy deficient country and it was in its own interest to ensure early completion of all works relating to Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

Giving update on the international relief assistance for floods, she said that the European Commission had pledged ten million Euros.

China is providing relief goods worth 4.7 million dollars, which will arrive by flights from on Thursday.

JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) is providing relief goods worth 450,000 dollars while the US is sending food assistance, shelter kits and non-food items and medical assistance. These include 8,000 tents, 17,000 shelter kits and food rations for 71,000 families.

South Korea would dispatch tents, blankets and water purifiers worth 200,000 dollars. An Oman-based company, Norway and Denmark were also sending relief items.

The spokesperson said the Emergency Relief Cell in the Foreign Ministry had also been designated as the focal point to coordinate international assistance with regard to dengue fever.

A team of Sri Lankan doctor is already in Pakistan while a team of 19 Indonesian medics is expected to arrive soon to assist in efforts to control the spread of disease.