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Print Print 2023-08-31

US sharpens the focus on Pakistan

  • US Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland and Foreign Minister Jilani discuss importance of timely, free, and fair elections
Published August 31, 2023

ISLAMABAD: A senior US diplomat on Wednesday reached out to the caretaker government to discuss deepening Pakistan-US partnership and cooperation on issues of mutual concern, including economic stability and continued engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Acting Deputy Secretary of State and Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland telephoned interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani to congratulate him on assuming the office as well as to reaffirm commitment to further enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and the United States and to advance Pakistan-US dialogue in all domains.

This was confirmed both by US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller and Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch through statements issued separately in Washington and Islamabad respectively.

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In his statement, Miller also stated that Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland and Foreign Minister Jilani discussed the importance of timely, free, and fair elections in a manner consistent with Pakistan’s laws and constitution.

“They discussed broadening and deepening the US-Pakistan partnership on issues of mutual concern, including Pakistan’s economic stability, prosperity, and continued engagement with the IMF,” the State Department spokesperson further stated.

He added that Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland also congratulated Foreign Minister Jilani on his appointment.

In response to media queries, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mumtaz Zahra Baloch confirmed the telephone call between Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

“Ms Nuland congratulated Foreign Minister on his recent appointment. They discussed bilateral relations, reaffirmed commitment to further enhance mutually beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and the United States and to advance Pakistan-US dialogue in all domains,” the spokesperson added.

Later, in media interaction, caretaker Foreign Minister Jilani said that during his interaction with US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland they underscored the need for further enhancing the relationship between the two countries.

He said he also assured the top US diplomat that general elections in the country will be held within the constitutional timeframe.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Tulukan Mairandi Aug 31, 2023 11:11am
Donald Lu can't have his cake and eat it too
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zaya zaya Aug 31, 2023 11:38am
Why is the FM hiding behind the flag, is he shy?
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zaya zaya Aug 31, 2023 11:40am
"Acting Deputy Secretary of State and Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland" Oh the Ukraine Regime Change 2014 woman!
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zaya zaya Aug 31, 2023 11:43am
Such a repetitive post, just changed the content but saying the same thing over and over does not make it reality, though Victoria Nulans is not about Democracy, she is about Coup d'etat and Regime Changes (Ukraine).
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KU Aug 31, 2023 12:04pm
It won't work this time around, especially hiding behind the flag or putting it in front for sensibility, Why is the US sharpening its focus on Pakistan? Until last week, they were of the opinion that human rights violations and persecution were an internal matter of Pakistan, why the sudden change of heart or rather interest? And since they have stepped forward with this sharp focus, may we dare ask about their commitment to legislation and penalizing money laundering from our country, especially holding to account the characters involved in crimes against the economy of Pakistan?
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Ghani Aug 31, 2023 01:29pm
Why is everything repeated in this new piece
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Love Your Country Aug 31, 2023 03:48pm
I love the ''diplomatic'' language in these statements - ...commitment to further enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation.... discussed broadening and deepening the US-Pakistan partnership on issues of mutual concern - lol. What is not said is that attempts will be made to kill of Pak-China cooperation on matters unacceptable to US interests.
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