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Pakistan to get $10 million in flood aid

22 September 2011 No Comment

Japan has decided to extend an additional emergency grant aid of $10 million to Pakistan in the wake of disastrous floods this summer, the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba conveyed the decision Tuesday to his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar, during bilateral talks in New York, the Foreign Ministry said.

The latest aid comes after Japan’s decision Sept. 9 to provide emergency relief goods, including tents and water purification equipment, worth about $450,000 to Pakistan, whose southern region has been affected by floods stemming from torrential rains in August.

The flooding has so far killed more than 300 people and affected more than 7.5 million others in southern Pakistan’s Sind Province, according to Pakistani relief officials.

During the two foreign ministers’ 30-minute meeting, held on the sidelines of their participation in U.N. meetings, Genba called for Pakistan’s cooperation in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the ministry said.

Pakistan is one of the few countries that have not signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Of the 44 states whose ratifications are required for the treaty to enter into force, nine have yet to either sign or ratify it. They are China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.

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