US not considering aid cut: Crowley

The United States says it is building a strategic partnership with Pakistan in good faith.

February 23, 2011

WASHINGTON: The United States has said it is building a strategic partnership with Pakistan in good faith and wants to resolve the issue over its consular employee Raymond Davis - now also identified by officials as a CIA employee - so that it does not affect the important bilateral relationship.

Assistant Secretary of State Philip J Crowley also said Washington is not considering curtailing any military or economic aid to Pakistan but insisted that Davis has diplomatic immunity and should be released.

“We’re building a strategic partnership with Pakistan. It’s important to the future of the region. It’s also important to the security of the United States. We are engaging Pakistan in good faith. We want to see this resolved as soon as possible so it does not become an impediment in our relationship and it does not measurably interfere with the work we are doing together in fighting extremism that threatens Pakistan and threatens us,” he said. “We are not contemplating any actions along those lines,” Crowley said when asked if the US government is considering curtailing any of its military or economic assistance to Pakistan over the Davis row.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2011.


Anoop | 10 years ago | Reply @Basit, And, Basit, sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but you have to see this. Enjoy.
Anoop | 10 years ago | Reply @Kazmis, Buddy, are you referring to the physical passage? They have tonnes of options man. They can airlift the troops over Tajikistan into Europe or Russia or over even Pakistan(Its not like Pakistan will attack the aircrafts, Pakistan will commit suicide if it does that). Physical passage is not at all the issue here, that is why nobody talks about it. Its about the logistics and situation on the ground which wont affect the troop pull out plan. Get ready for a tougher decades ahead. And, US will obviouisly blame Pakistan for the Taliban menace and cancel aid and make sure IMF and WB are not that forthcoming in giving loans to Pakistan. IMF is already starting to make unreasonable demands, you must have read them in your newspapers. Things will get far worse. Hold on.
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