Pakistan’s relationship with the United States is 70-year strong and it is not defined by the conflict in Afghanistan alone, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking at Washington’s Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank on Wednesday.
Abbasi said that Pakistan intends to remain engaged and partner with the US in order to defeat terror in the region and find lasting peace in Afghanistan.
Abbasi had met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, launching a process that both hoped would help rebuild ties between the two nations, once close allies in the war against terror.
As the first step, the US expressed its desire to send a delegation to Pakistan for talks on bilateral relations while Pakistan vowed to stay engaged with the US despite differences.
Both sides also hoped that the process initiated on Tuesday would halt the downward trajectory that followed the Aug 21 launching of the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
After Pakistan US strenuous ties, US conducted a drone attack just a week ago in the Northern areas of Pakistan killing at least three suspected militants.
Most of the Political analysts therefore criticizing Abbasi-Pence meeting because it showed Pakistan a weak state that cannot afford US annoyance.
Rather than refusing this meeting as a protest to drone attack against the sovereignty of Pakistan, Abbasi met the Pence enthusiastically but also addressed the CFR, which is indeed a wrong message and poor show of diplomacy.