Thomas Nides, the US deputy secretary of state for management and resources, delivered the message in a telephone conversation with Pakistan’s Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheiikh, the State Department said.
“We do have the slowdown on the security side, but our civilian assistance remains undeterred,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, describing the phone call.
“We continue to work productively on the civilian side. That assistance continues to flow,” Toner told reporters.
The US suspended the military assistance — about one third of its US$2.7 billion annual defense package — some two months after an American operation in Abottabad that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
Toner said that the US has given Pakistan some US$ 2 billion in civilian aid since a major congressional bill was approved in 2009. Of the aid, US$ 550 million was emergency relief for Pakistan s massive floods last year.