US working with Pakistan to promote a stable Afghanistan: Ned Price

“We look forward to continuing that work with the new government in Pakistan across regional and international issues, adding that that work that has the potential to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and throughout the region: Ned Price

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WASHINGTON: The United States is working with Pakistan to bring about a more stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan that respects the fundamental rights of all of its people, including minorities, women and girls, State Department Spokesman Ned Price said.

The spokesman, who was answering a question at his daily news briefing about the alleged Pakistani airstrikes against terrorists in Afghanistan, did not offer any comment on the attacks.

“We are aware of the reports of Pakistani air strikes in Afghanistan, but we’d refer you to the Pakistani Government for comment,” Price said.

On Sunday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that incidents of its security forces being targeted in cross-border attacks from Afghanistan had risen significantly, and called on Taliban authorities to act against militants.

On his part, Price said, “We view Pakistan as an important stakeholder, an important partner, with whom we are engaging and have engaged as we work together to bring about an Afghanistan that is more stable, is more secure, is more prosperous, and importantly an Afghanistan that respects the basic and fundamental rights of its people, all of its people, including its minorities, its women, its girls.”

Highlighting that the US relationship with Pakistan has been a “vital” over the past nearly 75 years, he said, “We look forward to continuing that work with the new government in Pakistan across regional and international issues, adding that that work that has the potential to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and throughout the region.

“We have already congratulated the new Pakistani prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, on his election, and we look forward to working closely with his government,” the spokesman said.

Earlier to this, The United States looks forward to working with the new Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his government to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the broader region, State Department spokesperson Ned Price has said.

The spokesperson, who was responding to questions at his daily news briefing on Thursday, also repeated his government’ denial of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s allegations that U.S. played a role in ousting him. “There is no truth whatsoever to the allegations that have been put forward,” Price said.

“We support the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles, including respect for human rights”, he said, adding, “We do not support, whether it’s in Pakistan or anywhere else around the world, one political party over another.

“We support broader principles, including the rule of law and equal justice under the law.”

The department spokesman also said that the United States agrees with the Pakistani military spokesperson, who denied Imran Khan’s claims that Washington had conspired with his political opponents to force him from office, but did point out that the U.S. had used language that amounted to interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

“We would agree with it,” Price said, when asked to comment on the statement made by ISPR Spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar.

Replying to a question, Price said for almost 75 years, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been “a vital”.

“We look forward to continuing that work with Pakistan’s government to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the broader region”, he said.

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