ISLAMABAD: The Chinese Ambassador, HE Liu Jian called on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Sunday to convey the decision of the Chinese Government to dispatch relief goods worth 30 million RMB (US $4.7million) for the flood affectees.
He also conveyed sympathies of the Chinese Government regarding the devastation caused by the widespread monsoon rains.
The Foreign Minister thanked the Ambassador for the prompt response to the appeal for relief assistance.
She stated that as true friend of Pakistan, China was the first country to announce assistance for flood affected people in 2011.
The Foreign Minister underlined the magnitude of devastation caused by the floods. She apprised the Ambassador that the priority at this stage of relief and rescue was waterproof tents.
In the aftermath of the 2010 floods, China was one of the major international aid donors to Pakistan, providing over $200 million in emergency flood aid.
While the Pakistan government has called for foreign aid to help with the devastating floods, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has spoken against foreign aid, saying that government resources were adequate and there was no need for seeking help from foreign countries.
Current flooding has reportedly taken 199 lives and destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land.
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