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UPDATED: 08:11, June 08, 2006
Pakistan to provide 3 mln dollars for Palestinian
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Pakistan announced on Wednesday in Islamabad to provide 3 million U.S. dollars in aid for the Palestinian government as Pakistani Foreign Minister concluded a talks with his Palestinian counterpart, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar held formal talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and also called on Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the official said.

"The Foreign Minister informed Zahar that Islamabad will provide 3 million U.S. dollars to the Hamas-led Palestinian government," the official said, adding "the Foreign Minister also renewed Pakistan's long-standing support for the Palestinian cause. "

The Palestinian Foreign Minister arrived in Pakistan early on Wednesday on two-day visit and this is the first visit by Palestinian Minister since Hamas formed government in March.

During the talks, the two sides discussed the situation in Palestine, bilateral ties and some other issues of mutual concern. Pakistan strongly opposed sanctions on Hamas government and wanted the Western nations to give time to the new Palestinian government.

Zahar apprised the Pakistani Foreign Minister of the financial problems, which the Hamas-led government has been facing since the United States and several European countries suspended aid to Palestine.

Source: Xinhua

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