- Asad Majed Khan says there isn’t any query of ‘do more’ or ‘do less’ for us now.
- Normal Lloyd Austin says Pakistan is a crucial associate in peace in Afghanistan.
- FM Qureshi expresses confidence that Joe Biden as an “old friend to Pakistan” would work in direction of strengthening ties.
WASHINGTON: Pakistan is searching for sturdy bilateral commerce and funding ties with the US below the brand new administration of President Joe Biden, nation’s envoy to Washington Asad Majeed Khan stated on Friday.
Speaking to Geo Information, Asad Majeed stated Islamabad and Washington are working collectively for peace in Afghanistan together with different nations. “The US also wanted that the Afghan soil is not used against any other country.”
The feedback from the envoy got here after Joe Biden took oath because the forty sixth president of the usa after 4 tumulous years of Donald Trump.
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“There is no question of ‘do more’ or ‘do less’ for us now, taking the right steps is the need of the hour,” the envoy stated.
He famous that the brand new US administration would realise Pakistan’s efforts in terms of know concerning the floor realities.
“Pakistan is not looking for assistance are aid but strong trade and investment relationship,” Asad Majeed confused.
Pakistan key to peace in Afghanistan
In the meantime, Biden’s nominated defence secretary Normal Lloyd J Austin has termed Pakistan an vital associate in peace and maintained that the US trying to revive navy ties with the nation.
“If confirmed, I will encourage a regional approach that garners support from neighbours like Pakistan, while also deterring regional actors, from serving as spoilers to the Afghanistan peace process,” he stated throughout his affirmation listening to on Tuesday.
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The previous US common stated he would deal with shared pursuits together with coaching future Pakistan navy leaders via using Worldwide Army Training and Coaching (IMET) funds.
‘Ready to engage with US’
Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated Pakistan was prepared to interact with the brand new administration, contemplating it an “opportunity to build a long-term, broad-based and multidimensional relationship”.
“Such partnership would require an institutionalized and structured engagement, based on mutual respect and cooperation,” the Overseas Minister stated at a webinar on Pakistan’s priorities with the Biden administration, organized by Karachi Council on Overseas Relations earlier this week.
FM Qureshi expressed confidence that Joe Biden as an “old friend to Pakistan” would work in direction of strengthening ties between the 2 international locations.
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He stated already change of messages had taken place between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the US president, who expressed curiosity of working with Pakistan on problems with widespread pursuits.
“Our historic ties can reset as Pakistan and US must share an understanding to deal with challenges of present for a better tomorrow,” he stated.
Qureshi stated the 2 international locations wanted to work in confronting challenges within the wake of the pandemic, international financial slowdown, local weather change and erosion of multilateralism.
He stated the US should proceed to depend on Pakistan as a associate for peace in Afghanistan the place different actors didn’t share the identical imaginative and prescient and performed the position of “spoilers”.