Pakistan reaches out to US after skipping Democracy Summit


Pakistan has reached out to the United States with a message that skipping the Democracy Summit doesn’t imply the nation has joined any bloc or has no real interest in the bilateral relationship with Washington.

Days after Pakistan declined invitation for the democracy summit, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke to US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and defined Pakistan’s place relating to its choice to not attend the summit, official sources aware of the event informed The Express Tribune.

Pakistan stayed away from the summit in a choice that was seen as taken due to China, which has not been invited and a move seen as US President Joe Biden’s try and divide the world as a result of Taiwan was invited to the summit.

Over 100 international locations, together with Pakistan, was invited to the digital summit for democracy. Pakistan was among the many 4 South Asian international locations to have been prolonged the invitation by the Biden Administration.

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Islamabad took a number of days earlier than taking the ultimate choice because it not solely did in-house consultations but in addition consulted China. Pakistan’s choice to skip the summit was welcomed by China and its international ministry spokesperson tweeted calling Pakistan “a real iron brother.”

Pakistan, nevertheless, tried to delink its choice with any exterior elements, although officers privately acknowledged that China’s opposition to the summit made it tough for the nation to attend the gathering.

But regardless of that call the Foreign Office made it clear that Pakistan “values its relationship with the US and wants to expand it further”. In order to keep away from the potential destructive fallout of the choice, Foreign Minister Qureshi needed to talk to his US counterpart however due to his non-availability he needed to converse to his deputy.

During the telephonic dialog, Qureshi gave the reason why Pakistan stayed away from the summit. The international minister informed the US deputy secretary of State that Pakistan wouldn’t take sides within the energy politics of huge international locations.

Qureshi had confirmed that he spoke to Deputy Secretary Sherman two days in the past. And opposite to the obvious pressure in ties, Qureshi informed reporters in Islamabad that he was “satisfied” along with his dialog with Sherman. Qureshi stated he was glad to know that Deputy Secretary Sherman expressed the Biden administration’s need to develop ties with Pakistan past Afghanistan.

“This is a positive development,” the international minister stated, including that Pakistan had requested the US to not put it in a tough state of affairs because the nation needed to move away from geo-politics to geo-economics. “The US can help us in achieving that transformation.”

“We have told them (US) that we want a productive relationship with all the countries,” Qureshi stated. “We believe the US is an important country and will remain so. Our relationship has seen many ups and downs but both countries benefit whenever they work together,” Qureshi emphasised.

With the fear of a brand new chilly struggle between the US and China, Pakistan is struggling to keep up a stability in ties between the 2 huge powers. On the one hand Pakistan has longstanding strategic ties with China whereas on the opposite, it considers relationship with the US as very important given the large clout Washington nonetheless workout routines over the worldwide monetary system.

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But Pakistani policymakers fear that the nation’s move to just about snub the US on the democracy summit might have severe repercussions.

Qureshi didn’t agree.

He stated the optimistic function performed by Pakistan within the Afghan peace efforts, intra-Afghan dialogue and evacuation of foreigners was being acknowledged by the worldwide neighborhood. He stated everybody knew Pakistan additionally had a task in averting the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan.

“So, Pakistan is an important regional player to be reckoned with. No one now talks of sanctioning Pakistan. There is a new realisation,” Qureshi claimed. He stated Pakistan had determined in precept to take care of its personal pursuits and would by no means turn into a part of any new chilly struggle or battle between the massive powers.

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