India and Pakistan are both US partners at different points, the Biden administration said on Monday, a day after the foreign minister’s visit. S Jaishankar questions logic Behind the latest US F-16 security aid to Islamabad.
Citing the argument made by the US that F-16 Jeevika package is to fight terrorismJaishankar had said that everyone knows where and against whom F-16 fighter jets are used. In response to a question during an interaction with Indian-Americans, he said, “You are not fooling anyone by saying these things.”
“We do not see our relations with Pakistan, and on the other hand, we do not see our relations with India as mutually exclusive. “These two are our partners, each with different points of emphasis,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference.
“We see both as partners, because we have shared values in many respects. We have common interests in many matters. And our relationship with India is in itself. Our relationship with Pakistan is in itself. “
Earlier this month, Biden Administration Approves $450 Million F-16 Fighter Jet Fleet Sustainability Program to PakistanReversing a previous Trump administration decision to suspend military aid to Islamabad to provide safe haven for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
#watch , On US-Pakistan relations, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar says, “…very honestly, this is a relationship that has neither served Pakistan well nor served American interests. Therefore, it America has to see what are the merits of this relationship…”
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— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2022
“We want to do everything possible to see that these neighbors have relationships with each other that are as constructive as possible. So that’s another thing to emphasize,” Price said in response to a question.
Responding to another question, Price said it was not in Pakistan’s interest to see instability and violence in Afghanistan.
“Support for the people of Afghanistan is something that we discuss regularly with our Pakistani allies; our efforts to improve the lives and livelihoods and humanitarian conditions of the Afghan people, and to see that the Taliban continue their fulfill the commitments made by them,” he said.
Price said Pakistan included many of these similar commitments: counter-terrorism commitments, safe passage commitments, commitments to the citizens of Afghanistan. “The reluctance or inability on the part of the Taliban to fulfill these commitments will also have significant implications for Pakistan”.
“Therefore, for this reason, we share many interests with Pakistan in relation to our neighbor,” Price said.
He said the United States was focusing on the devastation that resulted in the loss of lives in the torrential floods that devastated large areas of Pakistan.
“We have provided tens of millions of dollars in relief for these floods. In light of the humanitarian emergency facing the Pakistani people, the Secretary will have additional information today about further US aid to the Pakistani people.