U.S. to offer Pakistan more aid

Jan. 8, 2011 at 12:06 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden is to take a message to Pakistan that the United States is prepared to supply military aid its government wants, officials say.

The Washington Post described President Barack Obama's plan as challenging Pakistan, calling on its political and military leaders to specify what they need to drive the Taliban from tribal areas. Biden is scheduled to travel to Pakistan next week for meetings with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the head of the military, and other officials.

Pakistani officials have complained that U.S. military aid is both inadequate and late to arrive. The report on Obama's Afghanistan policy review said unspecified "adjustments" were needed for Pakistan.

One senior official told the Post the review concluded the United States must "make sure that our sizeable military assistance programs are properly tailored to what the Pakistanis need and are targeted on units that will generate the most benefit."

The official said other parts of the strategy include easing Pakistani fears that India is becoming a force in Afghanistan and working toward a political solution. The official said Pakistan is vital to efforts to negotiate with the Taliban.

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