New US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome stated on Tuesday that enhancing ties with Pakistan was his “prime precedence” and that they wished extra American corporations to spend money on Pakistan.
“Enhancing ties is our prime precedence. We welcome US funding within the inventory trade, and we wish increasingly corporations to come back to Pakistan,” he stated.
Blome expressed these views throughout a go to to the Pakistan Inventory Alternate (PSX) the place he rang the bourse’s gong to mark the start of the buying and selling session.
The US envoy highlighted the necessity for measures to “strengthen commerce ties with Pakistan” and stated that US corporations have been manufacturing glorious merchandise.
The US envoy stated on the event that it was his first go to to Karachi and he was happy to have visited the PSX.
“That is my first journey to Karachi and I’m feeling actually good after arriving right here,” he stated.
He added this yr would mark the completion of 75 years of ties between the US and Pakistan
PSX Chairperson Shamshad Akhtar additionally spoke on the event and stated: “Now we have to work along with developed international locations and make the nation progress.”
She stated the US and Pakistan have good commerce ties since 1970.
The US envoy’s go to to the PSX comes after he signalled Washington’s intention to maneuver on from the regime change controversy — which is rooted in former prime minister Imran Khan’s declare of the US orchestrating his ouster from the federal government — by partaking in a strong two-way communication with the nation’s authorities, political events and civil society.
Blome — the primary full-time American envoy in Islamabad after a spot of virtually 4 years — assumed the cost of his task when Afghanistan is outwardly no extra a dominant situation within the bilateral ties following final yr’s withdrawal of US forces from there on the finish of the 20-year-long struggle — the longest in American historical past.
As an alternative, the heightened anti-American sentiment in Pakistan following Imran’s allegations has turn out to be the foremost problem for Washington in executing its overseas coverage objectives in Pakistan.
In an interview with Daybreak, printed immediately, the US envoy rejected Imran’s allegations and stated Washington was “very clear” about that.
“Nevertheless, I believe one of the best factor we will do going ahead is to maintain partaking throughout all ranges of Pakistani society, as now we have for the previous 75 years!” he stated, including the engagement wouldn’t be restricted simply with the federal government however would lengthen to political leaders, the enterprise group, civil society, and the youth.
He recognized commerce, well being, local weather, and training as different areas the place cooperation may very well be expanded between the 2 international locations.
Blome additionally stated the US was searching for “a powerful partnership with Pakistan on counterterrorism” and anticipated from Islamabad “sustained” and indiscriminate motion towards all militant and terrorist teams.
The ambassador was particularly requested to make clear if US pursuit for strengthening counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan included negotiations over drone basing entry nearer to Afghanistan, however he prevented a direct reply.
“The US is dedicated to stopping the re-emergence of terrorist threats, in Afghanistan or wherever else. Combating terrorism is a worldwide effort. We are going to proceed to have interaction companions, allies, and key states world wide on how finest to handle terrorism,” he stated whereas referring to President Joe Biden’s assertion during which he had talked about creating capabilities and deploying belongings within the area to stop the re-emergence of terrorists from over the horizon.
On Afghanistan, the envoy stated, the US would work with Pakistan to “press the Taliban to stop terrorist teams from utilizing Afghanistan as a base for exterior operations and to fulfill the worldwide group’s expectations — together with urgent the Taliban to stick to their counterterrorism commitments, kind an inclusive authorities, and defend the rights of ladies and women”.