Top US diplomat sends positive signals over relations with Pakistan

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WASHINGTON - A senior State Department official has gone on record to state that the United States was not thinking of cutting ties with Pakistan.

In an interview with Voice of America (VOA), Acting State Department South and Central Asia Assistant Secretary Alice Wells said the US considered Pakistan essential to cracking the Afghan imbroglio.

Wells, also the acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said it should not be assumed that the US was considering cutting ties with Islamabad with regard to recent developments. “On the contrary, we are backing Pakistan against all militant groups.”

When asked about a new strategy if ties frayed further, the US diplomat maintained that ‘Pakistan was pivotal to stability in Afghanistan’.

Shedding light on the United States’ South Asia strategy, she said it was premised on working with Pakistan to ensure the latter’s interests were secured through talks.

Foreign Policy