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European Union, member states pledge 220 million Euros for flood affectees: European Union Commissioner.

ISLAMABAD, August 24, 2010 (Frontier Star): The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Assistance, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, has said that the European Union and the member states have pledged 220 million Euros for the flood assistance. Kristalina Georgieva who is on a visit to Pakistan, held a meeting with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday. The Foreign Minister briefed the Commissioner about the unprecedented devastation caused by the floods and the massive relief operation that was underway in the affected areas. The Foreign Minister also briefed the Commissioner on the outcome of the UNGA Special Plenary and the international relief assistance being given to Pakistan. Commissioner Georgieva on her part expressed sympathy with the affected people underlining that the European Union was prompt in allocating humanitarian assistance and sending relief teams to Pakistan. She said that the European Union and the member states have pledged 220 million Euros for the flood assistance. She said that the European Commission was closely working with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in meeting the huge challenge caused by the floods. The Commissioner also underlined the European Unions resolve to work closely with the Government of Pakistan within the framework of the FODP for the long-term socio-economic development of the country. She said that the European Union was keenly looking forward to the next FODP Ministerial Meeting to be held in Brussels on 15 October 2010.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 24, 2010
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