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Sharif assures Biden, says will work with US on global peace and regional security – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister Shehbaz Sharif assured US President Joe Biden on Sunday that his country was willing to work with the US “on the shared targets of international peace and regional security”.
Sharif was responding to Biden’s letter on Friday in which the latter, departing from his earlier stance of not engaging with Pakistani leaders, had assured him of Washington’s support to Islamabad to tackle “the most pressing global and regional challenges”.Biden’s letter suggested that despite allegations of election fraud, the US govt is ready to work with Pakistan’s new govt. In the letter, Biden did not congratulate Sharif for assuming charge or winning the election.
Interestingly, the US president had not communicated with Imran Khan, the jailed former prime minister, when he assumed office in Jan 2021.
Responding to Biden’s letter, Sharif, according to the PM’s Office, stated that Pakistan is willing to work with the US towards a common goal of global peace and security and development and prosperity of the region.
He said Pakistan attached “key importance” to its relations with the US, adding that the two countries were jointly working together on important initiatives regarding energy, climate change, agriculture, health and education sectors.
Shehbaz welcomed cooperation in the energy sector and Green Alliance Framework initiative between the two countries.
In his letter, the US president had specifically mentioned the Green Alliance initiative, saying his administration would continue to work with Pakistan for environmental improvement. Biden had also spoken of sustainable agricultural development, water management and recovery from the devastating effects of the 2022 floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan, apparently, seems to be no longer a priority for the US following its withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, but the south Asian nation, according to observers, still remains vital for Washington in terms of regional security and counter-terrorism efforts.



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