The US is ready to help Pakistan financially to improve border security to avoid cross-border clashes, FM Bilawal Claimed. FM while answering the questions stated when he visited the US congress last week, two of the senior senators, Bob Menendez from New Jersey and Lindsey Graham from South Carlina said they were given “funding in the 2023 budget to help us with border security”.
While highlighting the two senators’ high positions, Mr Bhutto-Zardari stated that Senator Menendez chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and that Senator Graham, a senior Republican, chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari stated in response to a query regarding the US promise of assistance to strengthen ties with India: “They never brought up India other than in public statements.
Last week, when the foreign minister visited the UN headquarters in New York City, there was a verbal conflict between India and Pakistan over the occupation of Kashmir and other issues. Pakistan is “the hub of terrorism,” according to Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, and “hosted Osama bin Laden.”
Against December 19, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that terrorist organisations with bases in Afghanistan, such as the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, have recently boosted attacks on Pakistani targets and offered assistance to Islamabad to cope with the “increasingly dangerous threat.”
“We have partnered with our Pakistani friends to help them take on this challenge. We stand ready to assist, whether with this unfolding situation or more broadly,” Mr. Price remarked.
In response to a request for comment on these assertions, Mr Price emphasised “the indispensability of maintaining valuable partnerships” with India and Pakistan.
“The fact that we have partnerships with both countries leaves us not wanting to see a war of words between India and Pakistan, he asserted.
“We would like to see constructive dialogue between them. The United States stands ready to assist as a partner to both.”