The United States will carry out a military aid mission to Pakistan in the face of the floods that have devastated its territory, the Central Command of the US armed forces, Centcom, said on Friday.
“Centcom is sending an assessment mission to Islamabad to determine what support the United States Department of Defense (…) as part of US assistance to the Pakistan flood crisis,” Centcom spokesman Joe Buccino said in a statement.
The decision was made after a telephone dialogue held on Thursday by the commander of the CentcomGen. Erik Kurilla, and Pakistan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said.
United States is the main Pakistan Army arms supplierbut relations between the two countries have never been easy.
The link between Islamabad and Washington was deeply tense after a US commando in 2011 killed the jihadist leader Osama bin Laden, who was taking refuge in a compound in northern Pakistan. But since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan a year ago, Washington has sought to strengthen ties.
Monsoon rains have submerged a third of Pakistanclaiming more than a thousand lives since June and causing heavy flooding that has washed away swathes of crucial crops and damaged or destroyed more than a million homes.
Authorities blamed climate change, which increases the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.
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