Restoration of PAK-US relations: Foreign Minister to arrive in US today

The foreign policy chiefs of Pakistan and the United States will hold several meetings in New York this week in an effort to restore relations between the two countries.

According to a news published in the newspaper, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will arrive in the United States today to attend a US-sponsored UN meeting on food security and hold a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

It may be recalled that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was invited by Anthony Blanken for a ministerial meeting on ‘Global Food Security Call to Action’ to be held on May 18.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the meeting will bring together a group of regionally diverse countries, including those most affected by food insecurity and those in a position to take steps to address it. Included.

The Foreign Office statement said the ministers were invited to discuss long-term development efforts needed to save human lives and lives and create resilience for the future.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also attend the UN Security Council’s open debate on ‘Restoring International Peace and Security and Conflicts and Food Security on May 19. Will

However, diplomatic observers see the foreign minister’s participation in a conference on global food security threats posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a departure from his position on neutrality in the conflict.

The Foreign Office said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would outline Pakistan’s vision and policy priorities in the two UN meetings and in support of international efforts to advance the stable and common goals of a world free of conflict, poverty, and hunger. We will reaffirm our commitment to play an active role.

Michael Kogelman, head of the South Asia section of The Wilson Center, a Washington-based think tank, said Pakistan could still be a helpful partner, explaining why Washington had never separated from Islamabad. Did not choose to be

Hassan Abbas, a professor of international relations at Washington’s National Defense University, said the so-called diplomatic “cable dispute” had put undue pressure on US-Pakistan relations, but relations could still be restored.

He cited former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that a recent “cable” at the Pakistani embassy in Washington indicated a US plot to overthrow his government. Has denied the allegations.

As a series of tweets from various American scholars show, Washington is watching the current administrative “setup” in Islamabad complete its term and wants to help it overcome some of the issues it faces.

Michael Kogelman wrote in a tweet that Pakistan’s new government is not going anywhere, it has inherited an economic crisis and apparently lacks the will and ability to deal with it, which makes this government more politically weak. It is happening but at least early elections are not seen yet but it is likely to happen in the coming year.

The decision by Shahbaz Sharif’s government to send its foreign minister to a meeting in Washington where the effects of the Russian invasion will be highlighted has been hailed as an indication of the changing situation in Islamabad. is going.

But it is unclear whether this will be enough for the Biden administration to offer Islamabad a bailout package to avert an economic catastrophe.

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