Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan congratulates Biden on inauguration

PM Imran Khan says he looks forward to stronger Pakistan-US partnership

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday, saying he looks forward to working with him to strengthen the Pakistan-US partnership.

PM Imran Khan congratulated the US President Joe Biden and said that he looked forward to working with him “in building a stronger Pak-US partnership through trade & economic engagement, countering climate change, improving public health, combating corruption and promoting peace in the region and beyond.”

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20 assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

Pakistan-US military ties to revive under Biden administration

The Biden administration considers Pakistan as an “essential partner” in any peace process in Afghanistan, says the nominated US defense chief Gen Lloyd J Austin. The US is also keen to to work with Pakistan “to defeat al Qaeda and the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) and to enhance regional stability.”

He also hinted at continuing “to build relationships with Pakistan’s military” on critical issues. The shared interests including training programs for Pakistan military personnel under International Military Education and Training funds are also expected to gain momentum under the new US administration.

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