US says won’t let propaganda, lies to get in way of relationship with Pakistan
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United States Department of State has said the US won’t let propaganda get in the way of any bilateral relationship with Pakistan.
During a press briefing, US Department of State’s spokesperson Ned Price while responding to a question regarding the accusations levelled against the United States by former Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan said:
“We are not going to let propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation – lies – get in the way of any bilateral relationship we have, including with the bilateral relationship we have with Pakistan, one we value.”
Regarding the call between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the new foreign minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Price said both FMs held a telephonic conversation on May 6.
He said during the call, both FMs had an opportunity to reflect on the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Pakistani relations, and to talk about how they can strengthen that cooperation going forward.
“It is a broad-based bilateral relationship (with Pakistan). The Secretary underscored the resolute U.S.-Pakistan commitment to Afghan stability and to combating terrorism as well. They also discussed ongoing engagement when it comes to our economic ties, trade and investment, climate, energy, health, and education. So it was a wide-ranging conversation, as these introductory conversations oftentimes are, and I expect before long they will have an opportunity to follow up on that.”
However, Price refused to say whether both foreign ministers would hold a bilateral meeting at next week’s food security gathering in New York, which Bilawal is likely to attend on the invitation of Secretary Blinken. He said he did not have any bilateral meetings to preview during the next week’s food security gathering.
He also remained tight-lipped on the ISI chief’s schedule or meetings with US authorities, who is currently in Washington, D.C.
“I would refer you to Pakistani authorities to comment on his schedule. I’m not aware of any meeting with Secretary Blinken,” he said.
On a question regarding the continuation of the education exchange relationship with Pakistan, he said such initiatives and efforts to expand relations with Pakistan and the people of Pakistan would continue
“Our educational exchange program, whether it’s with Pakistan, whether it’s with any other country, it’s a core element of our people-to-people ties. We’ve been fortunate to have Pakistanis studying here in this country. We have American students who’ve had the opportunity to study in Pakistan. Those types of exchanges are always helpful, are always valuable as we seek to understand our partners and, as Americans, seek to better understand the world, and as we have other countries better understand America.”