US agrees with Pak Army’s statement on ‘diplomatic cable’

United States Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price on Friday said that the US government agreed with the statement of the Pakistan Army regarding the word ‘conspiracy’ not being mentioned in the 'diplomatic cable'.

A day earlier, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar explained in a news conference that a demarche was issued to the United States because the language used in the "diplomatic cable" was undiplomatic and that amounts to “interference” in the country’s internal matters.

It is pertinent to note that the PTI claimed that the DG ISPR's statement vindicated its stance of foreign interference. However, sources explained that in the diplomatic language, the word “interference” did not mean “conspiracy”.

The military’s stance came after former prime minister Imran Khan accused Washington of backing his ouster because he had visited Moscow against US advice. Washington denies the charge.

Read: 'Military finds no evidence of foreign conspiracy against PM Imran'

Today during a regular press briefing at the White House, Price once again rejected the charge. On a question regarding former premier Imran Khan’s stance of blaming the US for his ouster, the state department spokesperson said that the US government’s message had been clear and consistent on it and that there was no truth whatsoever to the allegations that have been put forward.

“We support the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles, including respect for human rights. We do not support, whether it’s in Pakistan or anywhere else around the world, one political party over another. We support broader principles, including the rule of law and equal justice under the law,” he added.

On another question about whether the US saw Shehbaz Sharif’s election as the new prime minister as an opportunity to improve the bilateral relations with this country, Price replied that for almost 75 years, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been a vital one.

“We look forward to continuing that work with Pakistan’s government to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the broader region. And in that spirit, we’ve congratulated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on his election by the Pakistani Parliament, and we look forward to working with him and his government,” he said.

Pakistan praises US for PM Shehbaz's felicitation

Pakistan on Thursday thanked the United States for the message of felicitations on the election of Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on his PM election win. "The United States views a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as essential for the interests of both of our countries," Blinken added.

Soon after his election as prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif reiterated the need for cooperation with the United States.

Read More: No conspiracy, demarche given on interference: DG ISPR

 “The new government wishes to constructively and positively engage with the US to promote shared goals of peace, security and development in the region,” the Prime Minister’s Office had said in response to a White House statement on Shehbaz Sharif taking over as the new prime minister.

"We thank the United States for the message of felicitations on the election of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif," the Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday.

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