New US envoy needs to strengthen ties with Pakistan

US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Bloom speaks at a gong placing ceremony at Pakistan Inventory Alternate (PSX). Geo Information screengrab

KARACHI: US Ambassador Donald Bloom on Tuesday expressed the will for the US to strengthen ties with Pakistan amid Imran Khan’s narrative of a Washington-backed conspiracy to topple the previous PTI authorities.

Talking at a gong placing ceremony at Pakistan Inventory Alternate (PSX) right this moment, Bloom stated that the 12 months marks the completion of 75 years of diplomatic ties between the 2 nations.

“Our precedence stays to strengthen ties between the 2 nations,” Bloom stated, who assumed cost of his workplace just lately. He’s the primary full-fledged US ambassador who has been designated to Pakistan’s federal capital in 4 years.

He appreciated US funding within the PSX, including: “We wish extra American corporations to come back to Pakistan.”

Bloom stated steps needs to be taken to enhance commerce relations between Pakistan and the US.

“American corporations are producing the perfect merchandise,” he stated.

The US ambassador stated he’s “completely satisfied to go to the inventory market”.

“I’m in Karachi for the primary time and it feels good to be right here,” he stated.

‘Regime change’ declare

In the meantime, in an interview with Every day Daybreak, Ambassador Blome reaffirmed rejection of Khan’s “regime change” declare, saying Washington was “fairly clear” about it.

“Nevertheless, I imagine that the perfect factor we will do sooner or later is to proceed interacting in any respect ranges with Pakistani society, as now we have carried out for the previous 75 years,” he stated. 

He went on to say that the involvement wouldn’t be restricted to authorities officers, but additionally embrace political leaders, company leaders, civil society, and the youth.

As a part of this two-way dialogue, he stated, he’ll “take heed to and perceive” what is going on on right here, “switch that understanding” to Washington, and share US “concepts and views as plainly and transparently as doable” with audiences right here.

He added that past the polarisation in inner politics over US relations, Islamabad’s new authorities has at all times been able to revive bilateral ties. 

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