WASHINGTON, May 4 (APP):Relationship with Pakistan is vital for the
United States and the Obama administration will continue to support Islamabad “as best we can,” a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.
Asked to comment on a reported statement by a Pakistani minister that
Pakistan will find a replacement if it cannot get F-16s from the U.S., Spokesman John Kirby said that these were sovereign decisions that nations make with respect to their defense needs.
He, however, added that as for relationship with Pakistan was concerned, “it’s an important one. It’s critical; it’s vital in that, particularly in that part of the world; and it’s a relationship we have absolutely no intention of losing focus on or diminishing in any way”.