ISLAMABAD, Sept. 16 (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday appreciated the U.S.leadership for the humanitarian gesture and the assistance for supporting the people of Pakistan who suffered great losses in devastating floods.The U.S. government had provided $217 million to support immediate relief and initial recovery through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the United Nations emergency response plan and many other local and international organizations, the President said while talking to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Anne W. Patterson, U.S. Ambassador, Merry Beth Goodman, Economic Advisor to USSRAP,Timothy Lender King, Director of Pakistan Affairs, State Department, Maureen White, Special Advisor for Refugees & IDPs, Ronan Farrow, Special Advisor on Humanitarian & NGOs, were also present during the meeting.---
Briefing the media Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that the in-kind assistance from the U.S. included provision of halal meals, pre-fabricated steel bridges, infrastructure and air support for transportation of goods and rescue of stranded people, plastic sheets to provide shelter for water treatment plants, 30 helicopters, rescue boats, food assistance worth $51.5 million besides launching of a programme to provide 4,800 households in Swat.
The President also appreciated the contributions and the donations from the private sector for the flood affected people of Pakistan.
The President said that the Government of Pakistan was appreciative of the role of the U.S. government in garnering the international support for the people in distress.