PM Shehbaz vows to shore up ties with US at all levels

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated the US government and its people on their Independence Day on July 4 while expressing his government’s desire to promote bilateral relations at all levels with the Biden administration.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted on Monday saying: “It is my pleasure to extend heartiest felicitations & greetings to the people & government of the United States on their Independence Day. My govt looks forward to engaging with the Biden Administration at all levels to promote our bilateral relations including trade & investment.”

After the installation of the Shehbaz government in April this year, the US started resetting its ties with Pakistan which had hit its nadir during the last days of former prime minister Imran Khan’s government who time and again accused the US of orchestrating regime change in Pakistan.

Soon after the PML-N coalition government took reins, the United States pointed out that it had had a ‘vital relationship’ with Pakistan for almost 75 years. In its briefing, the US State Department expressed the desire to ‘work closely’ with the new government to further strengthen these ties.

During his press briefing in April, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price talked about the US-Pakistan relationship saying that “for almost 75 years our relationship with Pakistan has been a vital one” and the US wants to retain this strong partnership.

“We look forward to continuing that work with the new government in Pakistan across regional and international issues,” he said adding “This is work that has the potential to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and throughout the region.”

Pakistan and the United States have resumed their efforts to rebuild bilateral ties with a series of meetings between their foreign policy chiefs in New York in May.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also reached New York to attend a US-initiated UN meeting on food security and for a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Mr Blinken had invited Mr Bhutto-Zardari for the ministerial meeting on “Global Food Security Call to Action” that was held on May 18.