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Australia cuts aid to Pakistan from $39m to $19m

Move aims to advance Australia's national interests, says foreign minister

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 3, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Apr 3, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

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The Australian government has cut aid to Pakistan from $39m to $19m, according to reports.

The Australian government announced on Tuesday that it is reducing the nation’s foreign aid budget by about US$82.5 million.

A majority of the cuts will be in the amount spent on aid programmes in southeast and South Asia.

Related: Pakistan receives first UAE installment of $1 billion

Aid to Cambodia will drop from $56 million to $43 million.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement that the budget was about “advancing Australia’s national interests by protecting our security and prosperity.”

“As our South-East Asian neighbours transition from developing economies, the Morrison Government is increasingly focused on building economic resilience, alongside poverty alleviation,” she said.

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  1. James  April 4, 2019 6:47 am/ Reply

    Pakistan does not need the money. Pakistan can survive without foreign money. As sovereign and IK’s NAYA pakaistan, people of the nation will work hard(ly). Some political and security brass will have only one villa in London. We can live without Australian $.

  2. Imran  April 5, 2019 6:31 am/ Reply

    We will soon be providing aids to others inshaAllah.

    We dont need aid from others

    Still thanks to Australia for their aid in their limited resources

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