- The US says it values its cooperation with Pakistan: official.
- US will not let misinformation hamper bilateral ties: official.
- This was said by State Department’s spokesman in weekly briefing.
WASHINGTON: The United States said it values longstanding cooperation with Pakistan and has always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to its interests.
“The US doesn’t have a position on one political candidate of a party versus another. We support the peaceful upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal principles,” said US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel on Wednesday.
“And ultimately, we will not let propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation get in the way of any bilateral relationship, including our valued bilateral partner with Pakistan.”
Patel’s remarks come after PTI Chairman Imran Khan withdrew his narrative on the “US conspiracy” that allegedly led to his ouster as the prime minister in an interview with Financial Times.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over, it’s behind me. The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States,” Khan said while expressing a desire to mend ties with Washington.
Vedant Patel refused to comment on former prime minister Imran Khan’s statement on his visit to Russia. He reiterated that his country has always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to the US interests not just in the region, but also the world.