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Following Jaishankar’s comments on the F-16,the US says both India, Pak partner with different factors of emphasis

Concerning the argument that is made by the US that the F-16 sustenance packages are for fighting terrorism, Jaishankar was quoted as saying that everybody knows the locations and who F-16 aircraft for fighters have been employed.

Washington: India and Pakistan are both partners of the US with distinct points of focus as the Biden administration stated Monday, just a day after a visit by External Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar questioned the rationale for the recent American F-16 security assistance for Islamabad.

In reference to the claim used by the US that the F-16 sustenance package was designed to combat terrorism, Jaishankar was quoted as saying that everybody knows the locations and who F-16 aircraft for fighters have been employed.

“You’re not fooling anyone with these statements,” he said in reply to a question posed in a conversation with Indian-Americans.

“We don’t see the relationship we have with Pakistan as a relationship with Pakistan, and on the other hand, we do not consider our relations with India in relation to each other. They are both partners of ours, with distinct aspects of each of them,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price informed reporters at his weekly news conference.

“We regard each other as partners because we share many times values. We do share in several cases, common desires. Our relationship with India is a distinct one. Our relationship with Pakistan is on its own,” he said.

This month it was announced that the Biden administration approved the $450 million F-16 aircraft fleet support program for Pakistan and reversed the prior Trump administration to stop military assistance to Islamabad in order to provide safe refuges for those who are part of the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

“We will also make every effort to ensure that our neighbors have relationships with each other that are as positive as they can be. This is another reason to put it in importance,” Price said in answer to a question.

In response to a different query, Price said it is “not for Pakistan’s benefit to witness violence and instability within Afghanistan”.

“The aid to the population of Afghanistan is a topic we discuss frequently along with our Pakistani partners. Our efforts for improvement in the lives, living conditions and the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people and see to that the Taliban keep their promises they’ve given,” he added.

Pakistan is involved in a variety of these commitments, including the anti-terrorism commitments, the assurances of secure passage, and commitments towards the people of Afghanistan, Price said. “The failure or inability by the Taliban to fulfill these obligations would have profound consequences for Pakistan and the rest of the world”.

“So it is for this reason, we share many issues with Pakistan in relation to its neighbor,” Price said.

The United States, he noted is at destruction which has led to the death of people as a result of the floods that have devastated huge parts of Pakistan.

“We have given hundreds of millions of dollars to help with the floodings. The Secretary will today provide more details regarding further US aid for the Pakistani people, given the severity of the humanitarian crisis Pakistanis face,” he added.

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