WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan-U.S. high-level contacts resume on Friday as US Secretary of State of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called Foreign Secretary Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and invited him to a meeting on food security at UN Headquarters. in New York on May 18
A two-day ministerial conference will focus on on threat global Food security, triggered Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Mr. Blinken himself will chair.
Such reassuring statements were rare during the PTI regime and telephone call Mr Bhutto-Zardari was first contact between foreign ministers of two countries in some time. September 24, 2021, then FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi. met Secretary Blinken on aside of United Nations General Assembly session in New York.
Pakistan also exploring the possibility of deliver Mr. Bhutto-Zardari to Washington for separate meeting with Secretary Blinken. “Why wait? Why not try to arrange a meeting now?” a diplomatic source said when asked if Pakistan is seeking a Bilawal-Blinken meeting later this month.
FM says ‘commitment with mutual respect is way forward between the US and Pakistan.
“Got call from Blinken’s secretary. Grateful for warm congratulations on my suggestion of office” said Mr. Bhutto-Zardari. in he tweet posted after call.
“Opinion exchange on: “Strengthening mutually beneficial relations on a broad basis, promoting of world, development and security and coordinated interaction with mutual respect is way forward between the US and Pakistan,” he wrote.
The two-day ministerial meeting that Pakistan young foreign minister was invited to debate at the UN Security Council on “Conflict and Food Security”.
United States says that from 24 Feb. invasionRussia blocked the ports of Ukraine, which led to the suspension of food supplies to the Middle East and Africa.
Pakistan’s participation in UN meeting, which highlights in problems caused Russian invasion would be a major departure from politics of previous PTI government.
Former prime minister Imran Khan clearly angered the US and other Western powers with his visit to Moscow. on the day Russia invaded Ukraine. He later claimed that the US “conspired”. with Pakistani opposition parties to overthrow him, and demonstrates a diplomatic cable support his claim.
Washington rejected his claim, saying that while he supported the democratic process in Pakistan, no support Any party or individual. This brief exchange of views between Islamabad and Washington further exacerbated already strained relations.
But since Mr. Khan’s departure, the Biden administration has issued nearly a dozen statements highlighting its desire to re-engage. with Pakistan.
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Ministerial Conference in New York will be the property of Mr. Bhutto-Zardari. first participation in multilateral meeting since becoming overseas minister late last month.
A source involved in the conversation, while confirming the invitation, hoped it would work. out. Secretary Blinken called to greet new foreign minister but the conversation continued for nearly fifty minutes in which both sides discussed various aspects of of bilateral cooperation and expressed keen interest in re-engagement.
“The conversation went very well,” the source says.
Source also said that neither side was talking about former PTI government allegations that the US conspired to overthrow him.
U.S. State Department testimony of Friday call singled out several key points of conversation that focused on strengthening bilateral relations and working together to stabilize Afghanistan.
Press Secretary Ned Price said Secretary of State Blinken “reaffirmed the desire to strengthen our broad bilateral relationship.” secretary, he said, this highlights the “strong commitment of the United States and Pakistan” to stability in Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism. secretary and foreign minister also underlined the ongoing engagement on trade and investment, climate, energy, health and education, Mr. Price added.
He noted that this year celebrates 75th anniversary of US-Pakistan relations and “we are looking forward strengthening our cooperation”.
In Islamabad, the Ministry of foreign affairs also issued a statement saying that in phone callSecretary Blinken expressed his desire to continue strengthening the mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the US.
Opinion exchange on various aspects of of Pakistan-US relations, foreign minister stressed that Pakistan and the United States have a long and broad relationship, in a statement added.
Mr. Bhutto-Zardari said that “constructive and sustainable interaction between the two countries on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest are vital to the consolidation of peace, development and security in in region and beyond.”
Foreign minister stressed that Pakistan’s vision was focused on human development regional connection and peaceful neighborhood.
Secretary Blinken also invited Pakistan to the second global summit on Covid, which will be held almost at the end of this month.
Published in Dawn, May 7, 2022