Pakistan has other options if US President Joe Biden continues to ignore the country’s leadership, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf has said.
In an interview, Yusuf told the Financial Times: “The President of the United States has not spoken to the Prime Minister of such an important country, which the United States itself says is decisive in some cases. , in some ways in Afghanistan – we have a hard time understanding the signal, right? ”
Yusuf added, “We were told every time… [the phone call] will happen, it is technical or other reasons. But frankly, people don’t believe it.
While declining to elaborate, the NSA said, “If a phone call is a concession, if a security relationship is a concession, Pakistan has options.”
However, the US State Department has already assured Islamabad that Washington recognizes Pakistan’s vital role in bringing peace to Afghanistan and wants the country to play that role.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “Pakistan has a lot to gain and will continue to play a vital role, it will be well positioned to play a role in supporting the results in Afghanistan.
Price, during a briefing in Washington on Monday, said: “Not only is the United States looking, but many of our international partners, many countries in the region are also seeking this supporting role from Pakistan. So we will continue to work. and to communicate closely with our Pakistani partners on this matter.