Issue Brief on “Pakistan US Relations; Building Partnership through Strength”


With the shift in global power dynamics and Washington’s policy of containing China’s global outreach, the reassessment of Pakistan-US relations based on Pakistan’s intrinsic importance is more crucial now than ever. While US-China relations present a tough balancing act for Pakistan, both relations, however, need to be anchored on factors extraneous to bilateral relations. The prospects of which are provided by Islamabad’s inclination towards a shift from geo-politics to geo-economics and Washington’s withdrawal of military troops from Afghanistan and its interest in re-building US-China relations. Keeping in mind the competing global environment it is imperative to build relationships and partnerships through strength and the positives that already exist. The expectation of a broad-based relationship between Pakistan and the US seems to be on track.

On May 18 2022, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari met with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York and participated in the Ministerial Meeting on ‘Global Food Security Call to Action.’[1] Shortly after, in July 2022, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan received a phone call from Antony Blinken and met with the US Special Representative on Business and Commercial Affairs Dilawar Syed in Pakistan.[2]

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