US stresses security relationship with Pakistan
The United States has reiterated that the security relationship with Pakistan is ‘important’ and that many of the threats that Islamabad faces “could well in turn be threats to us”.
However, Washington shied away from confirming reports of a possible resumption of security cooperation with Islamabad which was suspended during the Trump era.
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, when asked about the visit of a defense delegation from Pakistan and the rumoured resumption of security cooperation, stated that Islamabad is “valued across many realms”.
Refraining from providing any details on the matter, Price said that “Pakistan is a valued partner of the United States. Of course, we have a security relationship that is important to us knowing that many of the threats Pakistan faces could well in turn be threats to us. And so we value the work we do together, but I’m just not in a position to offer anything beyond that.”
During the briefing, in response to another question, the spokesperson reiterated the US’s resolve to support “the peaceful upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal principles” and that it values the “longstanding cooperation with Pakistan” that it enjoys.