In its 2021 budget request from Congress, the US State Department has requested $72 million to restart Pakistan’s involvement in a prestigious US military training program and other initiatives.
President Donald Trump had authorized Pakistan’s restart of International Military Education and Training (IMET) in January. The decision to resume Islamabad’s participation in the IMET–for more than a decade of US-Pakistani military ties–highlights improvement in relations that have followed meetings this year between President Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
According to the request of the department, the IMET enhances “defense capabilities through professional military education and training, including technical courses and specialized training in US military schools or mobile training and training teams overseas.”
The department estimated that U.S .- critical military alliances and foreign coalitions required a minimum of $104.9million.
The department has earmarked $12.7 million out of $104.9 million for South and Central Asia. Pakistan will receive $3.5 million to reopen the IMET project, if Congress authorizes the order.
India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Pakistani priority fund beneficiaries, are tied to receive $1.5 million, $800,000, and $1.8 million respectively.