Pakistan-US need to take 'realistic approach' to ties: FO

Foreign Office spokesperson said there is a desire on both sides to build consensus on issues.


June 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: On a day when the US recalled its officials from Pakistan, negotiating to reopen the Nato supply route closed since last November, the Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan said Pakistan and United States will have to adopt a realistic approach to improve bilateral relations.

Talking to Pakistan Television, he said that Pakistan-US relations are important and there is a desire on both sides to build consensus on issues.

Replying to a question, he said that both the sides shared their concerns and perspectives on different issues.

He said nobody should have any doubt about Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

He added that Pakistan continues to remain engaged with the US on all issues and decisions would be taken in the best national interest.

COMMENTS (12)

VINOD | 9 years ago | Reply @Phannay Khan: Dear Khan Saheb. When I say world I mean the WORLD and not me. The world is upset because the so called "Non state actors' from Pakistan are threatening the stability and peace of the world. Your theory of strategic depth (that you want to create in another sovereign country) is threatening the sovereignty of other states. Sir, you have very rightly said that " Poking Nose in other’s matters brings nothing but shame." And that is exactly what is happening to you. If you keep on poking your nose in matters of others then others perforce have to do so.
Riaz Haq | 9 years ago | Reply The responsibility for this breakdown rests squarely with Panetta who talked tough against Pakistan in Delhi....the military hawks in Washington, not diplomats, are clearly in control of the troubled US-Pak relationship and making it worse. Pakistan has the longest border with Afghanistan and wields more influence there than any other country. It also provides the nearest seaport to Kabul. That is the fundamental reason why the U.S. has provided more than $20 billion to the country over the past decade, much of it to ensure supply logistics to US troops. “If we want to be successful in Afghanistan,” as General James L. Jones Jr., former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, said in recent congressional testimony, “the roads to that success have a lot to do with Pakistan.” Given these ground realities, the sooner the US apologizes to Pakistan for the Nov 26 incident to try and restore ties, the better it will be to achieve an end to the longest war in US history.
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