America’s relationship with Pakistan has “not served” both of the 2 international locations, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated Sunday elevating questions on the Biden administration’s approval of a USD 450-million sustenance bundle for F-16 fleet.
“Very honestly, it’s a relationship that has neither ended up serving Pakistan well, nor serving the American interests. So, it is really for the United States today to reflect on what are the merits of this relationship and what do they get by it,” Jaishankar stated in response to a query throughout an interplay with the Indian-Americans.
#WATCH | On US-Pakistan relationship, EAM Dr S Jaishankar says, “….Very honestly, it’s a relationship that has neither ended up serving Pakistan well nor serving American interests. So, it’s for US to reflect what are the merits of this relationship…”
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Referring to the argument made by the US that F-16 sustenance bundle is to battle terrorism, he stated all people is aware of the place and towards whom F-16 are used. “You’re not fooling anybody by saying these things,” he stated in response to a query.
Early this month, the Biden administration authorised a USD 450 million F-16 fighter jet fleet sustainment programme to Pakistan, reversing the choice of the earlier Trump administration to droop army help to Islamabad for offering secure havens for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani community.
In a notification to the US Congress, the State Department made a dedication approving a doable overseas army sale for sustainment and associated tools for an estimated value of USD 450 million, arguing that this may maintain Islamabad’s functionality to satisfy present and future counterterrorism threats by sustaining its F-16 fleet.
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In a name with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had expressed India’s issues concerning the F-16 bundle to Pakistan.