United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman, following her visit to India, received a cold reception upon her arrival in Islamabad as per The Information.
She was welcomed by a mid-level diplomat, as an alternative of her counterpart, International Secretary Sohail Mehmood.
Earlier than coming to Pakistan, Sherman in Mumbai had made it very clear that the US was not interested in a broad relationship with Pakistan, beyond Afghanistan.
She acknowledged, “My go to to Pakistan is for a really particular slender function and the US doesn’t see itself constructing a broad relationship with Pakistan and we’ve little interest in returning to days of hyphenated [India and Pakistan]. That isn’t the place we’re. That isn’t the place we’re going to be.”
“My go to to Pakistan within the context of Afghanistan is in a bid to ensure that Pakistan has the capabilities to make sure everyone’s safety, together with India’s and the US”, she mentioned as she left India.
In line with The News, the federal government was shocked at Sherman’s undiplomatic statements that she had made in India.
Sherman met with the National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf the place he pressured that the world “should keep contact” with the interim Taliban authorities in Afghanistan.
Moreover, Yusuf blatantly mentioned that Indian human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) additionally pose a menace to regional peace.
International Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Deputy Secretary on Thursday however he didn’t tweet concerning the assembly. Nonetheless, Sherman tweeted, “I met at present with Pakistan FM to debate Afghanistan’s future and the vital and long-standing US-Pakistan relationship. We stay up for persevering with to deal with urgent regional and international challenges.”
Sherman additionally met Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa the place issues of mutual curiosity, regional safety state of affairs, and collaboration in humanitarian measures in Afghanistan had been mentioned.
Other than the conferences, whereas speaking to The Information’ editors, Sherman mentioned she believed US President Joe Biden will quickly speak to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan. She mentioned, “Now we have an thought that each nation needs to have a phone dialog with US President. I’m certain that this dialog might be held with PM Khan quickly.”
“I’m certain that this contact will happen quickly, so I don’t suppose it ought to imply the rest,” she added.
Furthermore, whereas replying to a query a couple of invoice introduced in September by 22 Republican senators concentrating on Pakistan, Sherman assured, “We get a whole bunch of payments; 1000’s of persons are behind them however we’re properly conscious of Pakistan’s issues and are carefully trying on the state of affairs.”