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US, Britain to Review Aid to Pakistan

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The United States and Britain say they will review the financial aid they send to Pakistan, in light of President Pervez Musharraf's emergency decrees.

The United States has given Pakistan, a major ally in its war on terror, more than 10 billion dollars since the the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and it continues to send assistance worth about 150 million dollars every month.

Britain's development aid to Pakistan runs to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States wants a return to constitutional rule in Pakistan as quickly as possible, but that it also intends to continue cooperating with General Musharraf's forces in the war on terror.

Speaking in Jerusalem Sunday, she indicated that only a portion of US assistance to Pakistan might be affected by a review in Washington.

In London, a British Foreign Office spokesman (unidentified) made similar comments. The spokesman declined to say when a review of Britain's assistance to Pakistan would take place.

Britain's foreign minister David Miliband said earlier that a quick return to democracy and the rule of law are key to Pakistan's stability and future development.

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