The United States will carry out a military aid mission to Pakistan in the face of floods that have devastated its territory, Centcom, the Central Command of the American armed forces, said on Friday.
“Centcom is sending an assessment mission to Islamabad to determine what support the US Department of Defense can provide … as part of US assistance to the Pakistan flood crisis,” spokesman Joe Buccino said in a statement. communicated.
The decision was made after a telephone conversation on Thursday between Centcom commander General Erik Kurilla and Pakistan’s army chief of staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The United States is the main arms supplier to the Pakistani army, but relations between the two countries have never been easy.
The ties between Islamabad and Washington suffered serious ruptures after a US commando killed, in 2011, jihadist leader Osama bin Laden, a refugee in a compound in northern Pakistan.
But since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan a year ago, Washington has sought to strengthen ties.
Monsoon rains have hit a third of Pakistan, killing more than 1,000 people since June and triggering severe flooding that decimated crucial crops and damaged more than a million homes.
Authorities blamed climate change, which has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.