Ex-envoy to US rules out strategic relationship

'Regardless of whether how much Pakistan would like, US will never develop strategic relations with Pakistan'


Our Correspondent February 09, 2018
Former US embassador to US Ashraf Jehangir Qazi speaks at a seminar. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD: The United States is unlikely to have a strategic relationship with Pakistan, though it might have an important relationship subject to conditions, a former ambassador to the US said during a seminar at The Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) on Thursday.

“Regardless of whether how much Pakistan would like, US will never develop ‘strategic relations’ with Pakistan,” Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi explained at CGSS seminar on US Policy for South Asia, Pakistan’s Response.

“However, Pakistan can develop an important relationship with US by aligning its foreign policy with its domestic challenges,” Qazi suggested in his speech on “India-US Nexus and its Impact on Pakistan,” sharing his outlook on US-Pak relations, and US long standing inclination towards developing relationships with China.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2018.

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