US-Pakistan relationship has neither served Pakistan well nor American interests: EAM S Jaishankar
'It's a relationship that has neither ended up serving Pakistan well nor serving the American interests,' Jaishankar said at an event organized by the Indian American community in Washington
New Delhi: Raising questions over the “merits” of the US-Pakistan relationship, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Washington’s ties with Islamabad have not served the “American interest”.
“It’s a relationship that has neither ended up serving Pakistan well nor serving the American interests,” Jaishankar said at an event organized by the Indian American community in Washington on Sunday.
#WATCH | On US-Pakistan relationship, EAM Dr S Jaishankar says, "….Very honestly, it's a relationship that has neither ended up serving Pakistan well nor serving American interests. So, it's for US to reflect what are the merits of this relationship…"
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Jaishankar was asked by the audience on US action on F-16 fighter jets with Pakistan.
Just weeks ago, for the first time since 2018, US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Pakistan for the sustainability of the Pakistan Air Force F-16 fleet and equipment at the cost of USD 450 million.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh promptly conveyed to US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin India’s concerns over Washington’s decision to provide a sustenance package for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.
“It’s really for the United States today to reflect on the merits of this relationship and what they get by it,” Jaishankar said.
He added, “For someone to say I am doing this because it is all counter-terrorism content and so when you are talking of an aircraft like a capability of an F-16 where everybody knows, you know where they are deployed and their use. You are not fooling anybody by saying these things”.
“If I were to speak to an American policy-maker, I would really make the case (that) look what you are doing,” Jaishankar strongly asserted.
Jaishankar on Saturday concluded the high-level United Nations General Assembly debate in New York and is scheduled to spend few days in Washington.
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