Pakistan Has No Intention to Discuss Aid With U.S.: Envoy Aizaz Chaudhry
(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Friday addressed Pakistani, American and International media representatives highlighting latest developments in Indian Occupied Himalayan Valley of Kashmir on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day held at the Embassy in Washington.
A day earlier the Pakistani envoy addressed a group of students from George Washington University at the Embassy. The Ambassador gave the students an overview of Pakistan-US relations and Pakistan’s perspective on the regional situation specially Afghanistan.
On April 3, the top Pakistani diplomat spoke at the Air Command and Staff College in Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
On these people-to-people public diplomacy events, Mr. Chaudhury stressed on honor, dignity, respect and recognition of what Pakistan has done to eliminate terrorism from the country and its support for US counterterrorism efforts in the region.
The Trump administration suspended security aid to Pakistan in January this year, after the U.S. president’s New Year tweet, accusing Pakistan of taking billions of dollars in aid but not doing enough to support its strategy in Afghanistan.
To bring Pakistan under increasing pressure its erstwhile ally cut more than $1.1bn in military aid, saying its Non-Nato ally was not doing enough against the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network.
Pakistan has not, and does not intend to, discuss the resumption of suspended security aid with the United States, the Ambassador said on Friday while briefing the US and Pakistani media.
The briefing which was intended to highlight Indian atrocities in held Kashmir had drifted to US-Pakistan ties and the Afghanistan situation.
Mr Chaudhary said Pakistan also did not have any discussion with US officials on the claim that Islamabad had not done enough on the issue.
“From our side, we have not discussed this issue with the US administration at all,” said the envoy.
“We are talking about how to work better on Afghanistan, as both countries have a common objective, stabilize Afghanistan, not on Pakistan not doing enough,” he said.
Relations between the two countries have been fraught since President Donald Trump took office, although they have engaged frequently at the diplomatic level to resolve the crisis.
Analysts say that while Pakistan-US engagements have been positive, there has been little concrete change.
“Pakistan-US relations are not deteriorating further, that is the only progress,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, an Islamabad-based security analyst to Aljazeera.. “They have not gotten worse from the point that they were when President Trump [cut military aid].”
Last month, Saudi Arabia agreed to play leading role in bringing the Taliban to peace negotiating table. The Trump administration also hinted at considering the Kingdom to act as interlocutor in its relations with Pakistan.
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