Sec. Clinton Announces $110 Million In Aid To Pakistan

May 19, 2009 12:48pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that the United States will give $110 million in humanitarian aid to Pakistan. "We face a common threat, a common challenge and now a common task," Clinton said. Secretary Clinton said the U.S. military will be involved in delivering many of the relief supplies that this money will pay for, but is not engaged in any military action on the ground in Pakistan. All of these funds will go to relief agencies and non-governmental organizations and will be used to pay for food, water and shelter for that country’s most needy.  "I think it is fair to say that our policy toward Pakistan over the last 30 years has been incoherent. I don’t know any other word to use," she said. The secretary said that the Obama administration is pursuing a new approach toward the country that is "qualitatively different." "The humanitarian relief is the right thing to do, no matter what the politics," she added. Mrs. Clinton also unveiled a new text messaging campaign where Americans can text the word "SWAT" to the number 20222 to contribute $5 to the United Nations Humanitarian Council on Refugees. She said that she had just left the State Department, where they tried out the number and made their own donations, and encouraged the public to do the same. "Just think, if a million people in the United States gave $5, that would be $5 million," she said. Mrs. Clinton was also asked about her husband’s new appointment to as the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti. The secretary smiled and said, "I think Ban Ki-moon has chosen a high profile envoy to raise the visibility of the needs of the people of Haiti." — Yunji de Nies

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