US 'looks forward' to working with Pakistan govt under Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Washington: The US has congratulated Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, saying it "looks forward" to working with him on areas of mutual cooperation.

"We want to congratulate Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi on his election by the National Assembly. We will certainly look forward to working with him on areas of mutual cooperation," state department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her biweekly news conference on Thursday.

"We have a very strong people-to-people ties with the government of Pakistan. We'll look forward to working with Pakistan, and we'll look forward to working with him as well," she said in response to a question on the election of Pakistan's new prime minister.

File image of Shahid Abbasi. Getty Images

File image of Shahid Abbasi. Getty Images

Meanwhile, Nauert said she is not aware of the claims by former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif that the then US president Bill Clinton had offered him $5 billion during Kargil war.

"I'm not aware of any of that money and what you're referring to from quite a few administrations ago," she said.

Abbasi is likely to continue as premier for the remaining 10-month tenure of PML-N as the party chief Nawaz Sharif has hinted retaining his younger brother and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the key province.

Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case on 28 July, had nominated Shahbaz to succeed him after winning a by-election on his vacant seat in Lahore.

Abbasi, 58, was endorsed by Sharif to hold the post for interim arrangement of 45 days (till mid-September) till Shahbaz makes to Islamabad.


Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 07:36 AM

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