Pakistan to skip US summit on democracy


ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan has determined to skip the summit on democracy being convened by President Joe Biden in a rebuke to the White House which will have critical implications for the already strained relationship between the 2 nations.

The announcement was made by the Foreign Office (FO) simply hours earlier than the two-day summit is to kick begin after days of in-house consultations.

No cause was cited by the FO within the official handout of just about snubbing the US invite however a number of components performed an element. One of the explanations consists of the exclusion of China from the summit whereas the general state of the connection between the 2 nations additionally compelled Islamabad to keep away from the democracy summit.

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It is believed that President Biden’s move to proceed to disregard Prime Minister Imran Khan additionally made it troublesome for Islamabad to attend the summit on democracy.

The US president is internet hosting the summit on December 9 and 10 and has invited leaders from over 100 nations. Pakistan was amongst the one 4 nations which have been invited to the summit. Others included India, Maldives and Nepal.

“We are thankful to the United States for inviting Pakistan for participation in the Summit for Democracy, being held virtually on 9-10 December 2021,” the overseas workplace stated in an announcement.

“Pakistan is a large functional democracy with an independent judiciary, vibrant civil society, and a free media. We remain deeply committed to further deepening democracy, fighting corruption, and protecting and promoting the human rights of all citizens. In recent years, Pakistan has instituted wide-ranging reforms aimed at advancing these goals. These reforms have yielded positive results,” the official communique learn.

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It went on to stress that Pakistan values its partnership with the US which it needs to broaden each bilaterally in addition to when it comes to regional and worldwide cooperation.

“We remain in contact with the US on a range of issues and believe that we can engage on this subject at an opportune time in the future,” the assertion stated whereas politely rejecting the US invitation.

“Pakistan will, meanwhile, continue to support all efforts aimed towards strengthening dialogue, constructive engagement, and international cooperation for the advancement of our shared goals,” it concluded.

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