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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday congratulated US President Joe Biden on his inauguration and stated he seems ahead to constructing stronger US-Pak ties.

“I congratulate President JoeBiden on his inauguration. Look forward to working with POTUS in building a stronger Pak-US partnership through trade and economic engagement, countering climate change, improving public health, combating corruption and promoting peace in region and beyond,” the prime minister wrote in a message on Twitter.

Biden, 78, grew to become the oldest US president in historical past at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that was largely stripped of its traditional pomp and circumstance, due each to the coronavirus and safety considerations following the January 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

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Along with his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his household for greater than a century, Biden took the oath of workplace administered by US Chief Justice John Roberts that binds the president to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge,” Biden stated in his inaugural deal with. “Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause: the cause of democracy…At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

In the meantime, Biden’s working mate, Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, grew to become the highest-ranking lady in US historical past and the primary particular person of shade because the nation’s quantity two.

‘No US administration can ignore Pakistan’

Earlier within the day, International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stated that Pakistan can’t be ignored and strongly believes that no administration can ignore the nation.

The overseas minister, whereas chatting with Geo Pakistan, stated {that a} new world is being established out of which new priorities are coming ahead. He added that Pakistan and the incoming US administration have a whole lot of “commonalties”.

“Challenges will be there. I’m not saying they won’t be there. We have to face the facts, but I believe Pakistan has a lot to offer,” stated Qureshi, including that Pakistan is a vital nation of the area.

“Pakistan cannot be ignored and I do think that that no administration will ignore Pakistan,” stated Qureshi.

‘Pakistan plans to have interaction with new administration’

To a query about what Pakistan expects, Qureshi stated the folks being nominated by President-elect Joe Biden are those that learn about Pakistan. He additionally shared that he had the chance to work with them when the Democrats had been in energy final.

“They understand the region very well,” remarked Qureshi.

The overseas minister instructed the hosts that Biden, throughout his time as a senator, was a “well-respected” member of the overseas relations committee.

“He has a very clear opinion about Pakistan and South Asia,” stated Qureshi. He additionally talked about that Pakistan and the US have a convergence of curiosity in Afghanistan.

“There are many areas where the Imran Khan government and Biden government have a common interest,” stated Pakistan’s high diplomat. He shared the examples of local weather change and the COVAX initiative.

Biden admin to assist on Kashmir

The overseas minister, when requested about US-India ties, stated that the incoming administration will assist Pakistan in offering aid to the folks in occupied Kashmir.

“There is one silver lining which is that this administration has a clear point of view on human rights,” stated Qureshi whereas mentioning the “deteriorating” human rights state of affairs in occupied Kashmir.

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The overseas minister stated that Pakistan is anticipating the incoming administration to assist Islamabad in “providing relief” to the Kashmiris from the navy siege in occupied Kashmir.


— Extra enter from AFP and Reuters

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