WASHINGTON - Afghanistan and Pakistan would be eligible to receive non-military help under provisions of the proposed U.S. State Department budget introduced Thursday.
In addition, the budget realigns U.S. assistance to Iraq to "help responsibly end the war and enable Iraqis to assume more control of their country," the document said.
The allocation also would increase funding for non-proliferation activities to secure nuclear material at vulnerable sites. It also increases counter-terrorism and law enforcement aid to critical partner nations including those in the Western Hemisphere.
President Barack Obama presented his recommendations for the 2010 fiscal year to Congress Thursday.
Allocations to the State Department will put the United States "on a path to double U.S. foreign assistance ... (and) help the world's weakest states reduce poverty, combat global health threats, develop markets, govern peacefully and expand democracy worldwide," the budget document said.
The budget also would provides additional funding to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, including increasing funding for initiatives that address energy, global climate change, agriculture investments and the Peace Corps, the document said.
The 2010 budget proposal would provide resources to hire additional Foreign Service officers and build out civilian capacity.
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