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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 13, 2002
Fact Sheet: Official Working Visit of President Musharraf of Pakistan
U.S. Programs to Assist the People of Pakistan
On the occasion of the visit of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, President Bush announced the programs which will benefit the people of Pakistan.
Debt Relief -- The President will work with Congress to provide Pakistan with roughly $1 billion in debt relief in FY-03.
Democracy Assistance -- Support for the October 2002 Legislative Elections in Pakistan. $2 million for technical support, including the training of election commissioners, domestic observers and political party monitors, and the provision of election commodities.
Strengthening Education -- $34 million educational support program in FY-02, the beginning of a multi-year $100 million program working with Pakistan to assist in education strengthening and reform. This initiative is supported by multiple United States Government agencies, including USAID and the Departments of State, Labor and Education. First year of the $28 million core program focuses on curriculum development, teacher training and information technology diffusion in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.
Expanded Defense Cooperation
Law Enforcement Cooperation
Science and Technology -- Initiate discussions for expanded cooperation in science and technology.
Space Cooperation -- The two Presidents agreed to expand cooperation in scientific and civilian fields such as weather, migration, and communications.
Market Access -- The two Presidents agreed that the United States would provide increased market access for approximately $142 million in Pakistani apparel exports.
Consultations on the Future of Afghanistan -- President Bush and President Musharraf discussed Afghanistan.
Consultations on Peace and Security in South Asia -- President Bush and President Musharraf also discussed the situation in South Asia and called for de-escalation of tension and a resumption of the Pakistan-India dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.
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