US wants to hear Pakistani expectation of bilateral ties: Nuland

Published: April 26, 2012

State Department spokesperson says US is willing to work through issues with Pakistan, 'as partners do.' PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland says the US “wants to hear the Pakistani government’s presentation of where it thinks the bilateral relationship needs to go,” before the US offers its reaction to the parliamentary review and both sides can work towards a mutually agreed framework.

Speaking to reporters at the daily press briefing, Nuland said that once the Pakistan government puts forward its expectations, the US “will present our views and work through the issues, as partners do.”

In response to a question on Pakistan’s recent missile test, she said that they urged all nuclear-capable states to exercise restraint regarding nuclear and missile capabilities. “The Pakistanis have said it wasn’t a direct response to the Indian test. But what’s most important is that they do seem to have taken steps to inform the Indians, and we, as you know, are quite intent on those two countries continuing to work together and improve their dialogue,” said the State Department spokesperson.

On the subject of the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman’s visit to Pakistan, who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday night, Nuland said, “I think he’s open to working through the results of the parliamentary review with the Pakistani government. I don’t want to prejudge or pre-empt how those conversations will go or what agenda the Pakistani side will bring. But as we said, we had been waiting for that review to be concluded before we could fully re-engage. So this is our opportunity to do that.”

She added that this was a bilateral consultation about how both countries can improve their relationship “along all of the lines that have been difficult.”

According to a transcript of the daily press briefing, when asked about whether Grossman had the authorisation to discuss matters such as drone strikes, Nuland refused to comment, saying she would not comment on the n word [aka negotiation], instructions for the special representative or discuss intelligence matters.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • hassan
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Pakistani expectations:

    1.) Apologize for all the terror attacks happening in Pakistan.

    2.) Acknowledge that US is responsible for all the hatred in the country.

    3.) Unconditional support for Kashmir cause.

    4.) Promise to drive India out of Afghanistan and to improve Pak’s image there.

    5.) Transfer of Drone technology.

    6.) Withdrawal of bounty on Hafeez Saeed and extradition of David Headley to Pak.

    7.) Promise to support establishment for dealing with Baloch traitors.

    8.) Promise to pressurise IMF and WorldBank for waiving off loans and for doling out fresh monetary assistance in increased tranches, without specifying conditions.
    9.) Promise to rein in India and deal some blow to their unreasonable ambition of becoming economic super power.
    10.) A civil nuclear deal, equal to, if not better than what you have signed with India.
    11.) Acknowledgement that US will stop the flow of billions even after the NATO route is stopped.

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  • anoni
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Expectation : None

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  • BlackJack
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @hassan:
    Dude – good one!

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  • kallook
    Apr 26, 2012 - 3:50PM

    @hassan:
    That’s good work, Hassan. I suggest some new ones:
    1. Imposition of sharia in the US
    2. Green cards for all Pakistanis who wish to emigrate to the US
    3. Convince Bangladesh to accede to Pakistan again, in penance for not supporting us more forcefully in the 1971 war
    4. Transfer technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range of 10,000 km
    5. A minimum of 50 billion dollars a year in financial and economic support
    6. In addition, meet half the cost of the Pakistani’s annual defense expenditure
    7. Hand over Afghanistan to Pakistan immediately. Pakistan’s interior minister can be made the Prime Minister of Afghanistan as an interim measure

    That will do for a start.

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  • butt jee
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:06PM

    @hassan:

    Although your list is fairly comprehensive yet if you scratch your head, I am sure you can add a few more steps to our wish list. Recommend

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