US congressman seeks better relationship with Pakistan

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US congressman seeks better relationship with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Suspending aid and elevating controversial issues above all other concerns is not the way to deal with Pakistan, says Congressman Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat.

“I am disappointed in some of the remarks and actions that have been made by Trump administration” adds Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “They do not characterise the totality of our relationship.”

Ms Jackson Lee, who chairs the Pakistan caucus in the US Congress and has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1995, believes that most American lawmakers want to retain a relationship with Pakistan.

Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Texan Democrat, also emphasised the need to maintain this relationship but urged Pakistan to reach out to the new leadership of the House, which is now dominated by the Democrats.

The three lawmakers were guest speakers at a Pakistan Embassy event on Wednesday night, for considering options to revive the once powerful Pakistani caucus on Capitol Hill.

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