Wednesday Oct 12, 2022
The United States on Tuesday said that there is a democratically elected civilian government in Pakistan and continues to have security and economic interests in the country.
The US appreciates the longstanding cooperation with Pakistan, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, adding Pakistan and the US share common interests in many areas.
"We value our longstanding cooperation with Pakistan. There are a number of areas where our interests are aligned," he said, addressing a press briefing at the State Department in Washington.
The US State Department spokesperson said that Washington and Islamabad continue to cooperate in various fields, including security and the economy.
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, he said. Price said US officials meet regularly with senior officials of the Pakistani government.
The spokesperson for the state department said that the US government discusses with Pakistan the future of the Afghan people and stability in Afghanistan.
"The stability and future of Afghanistan and the Afghan people and security challenges in the region are always on the agenda when we have high-level engagements with our Pakistani counterparts. We meet and speak with them regularly on a range of issues," he said.
The two countries constantly discuss issues, including the security situation and challenges in the region, he said.
Ned Price said that there is an adequate tracking mechanism for the money given to help the flood victims to ensure the aid lands in their deserving hands. The representatives of the US government and USAID visit the affected areas and submit reports regularly, he noted.
He said that USAID staff make regular trips to monitor the US government's programmes in the field.
The US team visited at least ten districts in Sindh and Balochistan last month to assess not only the humanitarian conditions but also the response activities, he said. This was done to make sure that the response activities meet the humanitarian needs, he said.
USAID also works with local partners and organisations that have extensive knowledge of the affected areas and population, he said.