Pakistan and United States have Resumed Attempts to Restore Relations
Pakistan and the US will start attempts to restore bilateral relations this week in New York, with a series of discussions between respective foreign policy officials.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari arrives in New York on Tuesday for a UN summit on food security convened by the United States, as well as a bilateral discussion with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Mr Blinken had invited Mr Bhutto-Zardari to the May 18 ministerial conference on “Global Food Security Call to Action.”
“The summit will bring around a regionally varied collection of nations, including those most afflicted by food insecurity and those in a position to address it.” Ministers will be asked to talk on humanitarian issues and long-term development measures needed to save lives and create resilience for the future,” according to a Foreign Office statement published in Islamabad about the meeting.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will also take participation in the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on “Maintenance of Worldwide Peace and Security Conflicts & Food Security” on May 19, which will take place under the United States’ leadership of the United Nations Security Council.
According to the FO, Mr Bhutto-Zardari will showcase Pakistan’s perspective & policy priorities at the 2 UN conferences, as well as reiterate Pakistan’s commitment to continuing to perform a proactive responsibility in helping international attempts to extend the shared goals of a peace-loving and reliable world free of dispute, poverty, and lack of food.
“Pakistan may still be a useful ally,” said Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center’s South Asia division director. That is “why, even with their numerous incompatibilities, Washington has never chosen for a divorce with Islamabad,” he stated.
The so-called diplomatic letter incident has “added unwarranted strain to US-Pakistan ties, but the connection may yet be restored,” according to Prof Hassan Abbas of the National Defense University in Washington.
He was alluding to former PM Imran Khan’s assertion that a recent letter from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington demonstrates a US plot to destabilise his gov’t. Both Biden and Sharif governments have dismissed this accusation as false.
As evidenced by a number of tweets from various US experts, Washington perceives the current governmental system in Islamabad as nearing the end of its tenure and want to assist it in overcoming some of the issues it is experiencing.
“Pakistan’s new govt is moving slowly. It inherited an escalating economic catastrophe that it appears to lack the desire and competence to address, creating it more politically weak by the day,” Mr Kugelman stated in one of these tweets.