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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday providing an additional $7.5 billion in assistance to the Pakistani government.
"This law is the tangible manifestation of broad support for Pakistan in the U.S.," the White House said in a written statement.
The act bolsters a partnership "based on a shared commitment to improving the living conditions of the people of Pakistan through sustainable economic development, strengthening democracy and the rule of law, and combating the extremism that threatens Pakistan and the United States," it said.
On Wednesday, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees on foreign relations provided a written explanation of the aid bill, a response to Pakistani complaints that the United States was meddling in its affairs.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman were joined by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as they spoke to reporters.
Qureshi had rushed back to Washington this week to report on opposition inside the Pakistani Parliament to the five-year package of non-military aid. Some Pakistani politicians claimed the aid bill was an American attempt to micro-manage Pakistan's civilian and military affairs.
"Everyone is on the same page," Kerry said. "We are all clear about the intentions of the legislation."
Kerry argued that the bill "demonstrates the American people have a long-term commitment to the people of Pakistan."
Qureshi replied, "This document, which I think is an historic document, is a step forward in our relationship."
Kerry said the explanatory statement attached to the bill emphasizes that no interference is intended with Pakistan's civilian or military operations.
The statement says the bill establishes a variety of requirements meant to ensure U.S. efficiency and compliance, but places no new conditions on the government of Pakistan.
"The many requirements of this report are intended as a way for Congress to assess how effectively U.S. funds are being spent, shortfalls in U.S. resources that hinder the use of such funds, and steps the government of Pakistan has taken to advance our mutual interests in countering extremism and nuclear proliferation and strengthening democratic institutions," the statement says.
"There is no intent to (establish), and nothing in this act in any way suggests that there should be, any U.S. role in micromanaging internal Pakistani affairs, including the promotion of Pakistani military officers or the internal operations of the Pakistani military."
Berman said the statement is "a reflection of our desire to be long-term partners with the Pakistan people."
–CNN's Charley Keyes contributed to this report.