UN member countries assure US $816millions aid for flood relief: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that UN’s 73 member countries have assured collectively US $816 million aid for flood relief operation in Pakistan and the world has expressed its solidarity for Pakistan to tackle floods challenges.

He expressed these views during a press briefing here on Friday, he said that the government of Pakistan has been thankful to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who summoned the meeting of General Assembly to help out Pakistan to tackle prevailing floods situation across the country,

Foreign minister also said that the international community was unaware about intensity of flood wreckages in Pakistan and he has attended the UN’s forum to inform the world about devastations of floods in Pakistan.

He said that during one week two sessions were held at the forum of United Nations regarding to assist Pakistan and 73 member countries of UN have announced to provide aid for floods relief operations in Pakistan, while European Union and other donor agencies has also announced flood relief assistance for Pakistan.

Foreign minister also informed the media that a meeting of European Union will be held from September 11-12, to review the measures to assist flood victims in Pakistan and a similar meeting of UN’s member countries at ministerial level would be held on September 19, for flood relief activities in Pakistan.

He also said that meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) would also be held on October 14-15, to review the arrangements for rehabilitation of floods victims in Pakistan.
Pakistan earned better image on diplomatic level after accepting humanitarian aid on floods relief from India, the Foreign Minister commented.

To a question Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that according to initial statistics of NDMA more than one million houses have been destroyed by floods in the country and it would take years for rehabilitation.

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