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US offers assistance to quake-hit Afghans, Pakistanis

US offers assistance to quake-hit Afghans, Pakistanis

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Oct 27, 2015 - 10:09

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House on Monday offered its deepest condolences to those hit by the earthquake in Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon, expressing its readiness to provide any kind of assistance.

“We offer our deepest condolences to those who have been affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

At his daily news conference hours after the temblor struck the South Asian nations, Earnest said the United States stood ready to extend any assistance that was needed.”

US officials said they not yet received formal requests for any kind of assistance from Pakistan, where the death toll has topped 20. Hundreds of people have been wounded.

The Pentagon said it was conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan to look into the areas damaged by the earthquake.

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