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Kerry and Berman: We’re not trying to “micromanage” Pakistan

As part of their triage effort to make up for the botched rollout of the Pakistani aid bill, House and Senate foreign affairs chiefs Howard Berman, D-CA, and John Kerry, D-MA, held a press availability today and released a "Joint Explanatory Statement" aimed at alleviating concerns of some in Islamabad about the aid conditions in ...

As part of their triage effort to make up for the botched rollout of the Pakistani aid bill, House and Senate foreign affairs chiefs Howard Berman, D-CA, and John Kerry, D-MA, held a press availability today and released a "Joint Explanatory Statement" aimed at alleviating concerns of some in Islamabad about the aid conditions in the bill.

It reads, in part:

The core intent of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act is to demonstrate the American people’s long-term commitment to the people of Pakistan. The United States values its friendship with the Pakistani people and honors the great sacrifices made by Pakistani security forces in the fight against extremism, and the legislation reflects the goals shared by our two governments.

The legislation does not seek in any way to compromise Pakistan’s sovereignty, impinge on Pakistan’s national security interests, or micromanage any aspect of Pakistani military or civilian operations. There are no conditions on Pakistan attached to the authorization of $7.5 billion in non-military aid. The only requirements on this funding are financial accountability measures that Congress is imposing on the U.S. executive branch, to ensure that this assistance supports programs that most benefit the Pakistani people.

That should help pave the way for President Obama to sign the bill, which is sitting on his desk (but he won’t sign it today, the White House confirms).

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