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Sweden warns against cutting US aid to Palestinians

STOCKHOLM: Sweden, a big donor country that has recognized Palestine as a state, warned Tuesday that any US decision to withdraw funds to the UN agency for Palestinians would be destabilising for the Middle East. Sweden's UN Ambassador Olof Skoog said he had raised his concerns with US Ambassador Nikki Haley following reports that the US administration had withheld $125 million in funds due on January 1 for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinians. "My concern is that as we talk about…

Pakistan received tiny fraction of $2bn US aid: PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Taking exception to US President Donald Trump’s threat of cutting aid, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan has been on the forefront of the war on terror and received insignificant finance assistance in the past five years.  In an interview with a foreign media outlet, PM Abbasi said the reports of US considering a cut of up to $2bn in security assistance were bewildering, as he said, the country actually received a tiny fraction of that amount. “It is a very, very insignificant amount. The aid…

Nisar demands audit of US aid to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Pakistan must contest the United States claims on Pakistan with facts, rational reasoning and seriousness without compromising on its dignity. Sharing his opinion during his address in the National Assembly on foreign policy, estranged Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Nisar said no compromise could be made on Pakistan’s integrity. “If you keep on scaring, the opponent will make the most out of it, he added. “We must conduct audit of US aid given to…

US aid to Pakistan shrinks amid mounting frustration over militants

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: US military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts claimed Pakistan's alleged support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming US military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington.