The Biden administration said on Monday that both India and Pakistan are U.S. partners with different priorities. A day earlier, the Biden administration visited Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who questioned the rationale for the U.S. providing Islamabad with the latest F-16 security assistance.
Turning to the US argument that the F-16 sustainment program is to fight terrorism, Mr. Jashankar has said that everyone knows where and against whom the F-16 fighter jets are used. “You’re not fooling anyone by saying these things,” he said in response to a question while interacting with the Indian-American.
“We don’t see our relationship with Pakistan, and on the other hand, we don’t see our relationship with India as a relationship with each other. They are both our partners and each has a different focus,” the State Department said. Spokesman Ned Price told reporters at a daily news briefing.
“We see both parties as partners because we do share values in many cases. We do share interests in many cases. Our relationship with India is separate. Our relationship with Pakistan is separate, ” He says.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration approved a $450 million F-16 fighter jet fleet maintenance plan to Pakistan, reversing the previous Trump administration’s decision to suspend military aid to Islamabad as the plan helped the Afghan Taliban and Kazakhstan. Carney Networks provide a safe haven.
“We also want to do everything we can to make sure the relationship between these neighbours is as constructive as possible. So that’s another focus,” Price said in response to a question.
“It is not in Pakistan’s interest to see instability and violence in Afghanistan,” Price said in response to another question.
“Support for the Afghan people is something we discuss regularly with our Pakistani partners; we work to improve the lives, livelihoods and humanitarian conditions of the Afghan people and ensure that the Taliban deliver on their commitments,” he added.
Price said Pakistan has engaged in many of the same commitments: counterterrorism commitments, safe passage commitments, commitments to Afghan citizens. “The Taliban’s unwillingness or inability to honour these commitments will also have significant implications for Pakistan”.
“So, for that reason, we do share some interests with Pakistan with respect to its neighbors,” Price said.
He noted that the United States has been preoccupied with the loss of life from the floods that have ravaged large swathes of Pakistan.
“We have provided tens of millions of dollars in relief for these floods. Given the humanitarian emergency facing Pakistanis, the Secretary of State will provide more details today on further U.S. assistance to the people of Pakistan,” he added.
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