US President Joe Biden has approved $450 million in financial assistance to Pakistan to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets, overturning former President Donald Trump’s decision. This financial assistance is being given to Pakistan so that it can deal with anti-terror threats in the present and future. This is the biggest security aid being given to Islamabad in the last four years.
The Trump administration in 2018 suspended nearly $2 billion in financial aid to terrorist groups, the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, for failing to act. In a notification to the US Parliament, the State Department said it has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Pakistan for maintenance of F-16 fighter jets.
US said part of bilateral talks
A State Department spokesman said: “The US government has notified Congress of a proposed foreign military sale to maintain the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 program.” Pakistan is an important counter-terrorist ally. “Pakistan’s F-16 program is an important part of the larger US-Pakistan bilateral relationship,” he said.
expressed hope for continuous action
This will enable Pakistan to meet current and future counter-terrorism threats while maintaining its F-16 fleet, he said. The F-16 fleet will support Pakistan in its counter-terrorism operation and we expect Pakistan to take sustained action against all terrorist groups.
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