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Olson meets Dar: Payment of $352m under CSF by Feb 6

Olson meets Dar: Payment of $352m under CSF by Feb 6

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador in Pakistan Richard Olson said that America will reimburse $352 million to Pakistan under coalition support fund (CSF) by February 6 as Secretary of Defence had signed the authorisation for payment.

Richard Olson revealed during a meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar wherein they discussed matters of mutual interest particularly the forthcoming strategic dialogue scheduled to be held in Washington next week.

The US Ambassador confirmed that meeting of the Economic Working Group of both the countries would be held in Washington in April 2014. Speaking on the occasion, the finance minister said that the government had successfully achieved economic targets set for the first half of current fiscal year ended December 2013.

It is to be noted that the US is reviewing a law passed by the Congress last week that cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million until the release of Dr Shakil Afridi who helped CIA in the hunt for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Similarly US Secretary of State John Kerry will host Sartaj Aziz, the National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser of Pakistan in Washington next week for the US-Pak Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting.