Biden makes first contact with Pak PM Shehbaz

Wednesday 03rd April 2024 07:16 EDT

Islamabad: Marking the first official communication with a Pakistani premier in years, US President Joe Biden has dashed off a letter to PM Shehbaz Sharif expressing continuous support and highlighted that the ties between the two nations are critical for bilateral and regional peace and security.

President Biden’s letter broke with tradition of not engaging with any of the prime ministers in Pakistan during his tenure; he neither telephoned former PM Imran Khan after his election victory nor spoke to Sharif when he succeeded him in April 2022, Express Tribune said.

The development comes weeks after Sharif took oath as the country’s PM for a second time earlier this month after a controversial election that his rival Khan dubbed as “rigged.” Khan had also openly accused the US of orchestrating his downfall after he was removed through a vote of no confidence in April 2022.

“The enduring partnership between our nations remains critical to ensuring the security of our people - and people around the world -and US will continue to stand with Pakistan to tackle the most pressing global and regional challenges of our time,” according to the contents of the letter, shared by US embassy.

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