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U.S. Commits to Broaden Security Partnership with Pakistan

U.S. Commits to Broaden Security Partnership with Pakistan

The State Department reiterated its commitment to expanding the security partnership with Pakistan during a news briefing in Washington. A US official emphasized the importance of ensuring that international aid sent to Afghanistan reaches its intended recipients and does not inadvertently benefit militants.

In response to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s offer to collaborate with the US on shared goals of international peace and regional security, spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that Washington was willing to engage in such cooperation. This offer was made in response to a letter from US President Joe Biden expressing a desire to strengthen bilateral ties.

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Miller highlighted the ongoing priority of enhancing security cooperation between the United States and Pakistan, particularly in combating militant groups such as the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He emphasized that this partnership has been discussed previously and will remain a priority for the US.

Regarding criticism of the US stance on opposition arrests in Pakistan compared to India, Miller asserted that the US consistently advocates for the rule of law and respect for human rights in all countries, including Pakistan. In response to queries about an Indian intelligence operative’s alleged attempt to assassinate a Sikh lawyer in New York, the US expressed the need for a thorough investigation by the Indian government and awaited the results.

Regarding concerns about UN aid reaching militants in Afghanistan, the US emphasized the importance of safeguarding assistance to ensure it reaches those in need. The US closely monitors its assistance programs to prevent any indirect support to the Taliban or diversion to unintended recipients.