Nominated United States Ambassador to Islamabad, William Todd has said that US-Pakistan strong relationship is essential for the Afghan peace process.
According to the details, in his recent statement, William Todd termed Pakistan an essential partner in the region and said that peace in Afghanistan is in both interests of Pakistan and the US.
He said the US is in hope of strong relations with both India and Pakistan.
“Our hope is that both countries will take the necessary steps to reduce tensions, and as President Trump has offered, we are prepared to facilitate dialogue if both sides request it,”
Role of Pakistan in the Afghan Peace Process
Beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis, this is an important time in the broader, complicated US-Pakistan relationship, he said.
Pakistan is an essential regional partner, and this is an opportune moment in our relationship to work together on shared goals.”
“Peace in Afghanistan is in both our countries’ best interests, and effective US-Pakistani cooperation is essential to achieve that objective.”
Pakistan played a critical role in creating the conditions that brought Afghan leaders and the Taliban to the historic start of Afghan Peace Negotiations, Todd told.
“Pakistan has an even more important role to play in supporting efforts toward a negotiated political settlement that ends the 40 years of war.”
“This is a moment of opportunity for Pakistan to continue to forge a new and better role in the region and if confirmed will be one of my highest priorities,” he said.
He further said that the US needs increased bilateral trade and investment with Pakistan.
“Making progress on youth engagement, trade and investment, and human rights will be challenging, but necessary for a better future for Pakistan, and a stronger US-Pakistan relationship,” Ambassador said.
Explaining the health partnership between the two countries, he said the US-trained health workers to upgrade emergency operations centers and delivered ventilators to Pakistan.
“My first goal will be advancing human rights, particularly freedom of religion and expression.