US looking forward to boosting its ‘broad-based’ ties with Pakistan: Blinken

US looking forward to boosting its 'broad-based' ties with Pakistan: Blinken

WASHINGTON, May 07 (APP): The United States reiterated its desire to strengthen its “broad-based” bilateral relations with Pakistan when Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday, according to State Department Spokesman Ned Price.

“The Secretary (of State) underscored the resolute U.S.-Pakistan commitment to Afghan stability and combating terrorism,” Price said in a statement issued in Washington after the phone call with FM Zardari.

“The Secretary (of State) and Foreign Minister also highlighted ongoing engagement on trade and investment, climate, energy, health, and education,” the statement said, noting that this year marks the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Pakistani relations.

“We look forward to strengthening our cooperation,” the statement added.

On Wednesday, responding to a question at his daily news briefing, Spokesman Price said the United States will continue cooperating with Pakistan on counter terrorism and border security, while reiterating Washington’s condemnation of last month’s terrorist attack in Karachi University, amid spike in such attacks across the country.

“We value our bilateral relationship. We want to continue to work together in areas where we do have mutual interests with our Pakistani partners. That includes counter terrorism. That includes border security as well, ” he had said.

Price was reacting to the question whether the U.S. was reviewing the former Trump administration-imposed suspension of security aid to Islamabad following the deadly terrorist attack in Karachi, as such attacks emanating from Afghanistan continue to rise across Pakistan.