Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with the United States, stating that the ties between the two nations are “back to normal.” Addressing a ceremony commemorating the 247th Independence Day of the US, the Prime Minister highlighted the efforts made by Pakistan and the US to mend their relationship, emphasizing the importance of mutual trust and respect.
During his speech, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif acknowledged the ups and downs in Pakistan-US relations over the past 75 years but emphasized the overall friendship between the two countries. He recognized the United States as Pakistan’s largest trading partner and a steadfast ally in the fight against terrorism. The Prime Minister commended the US for its support and partnership, citing the sacrifices made by Pakistan in combating terrorism, which claimed the lives of 80,000 individuals from various backgrounds.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the significant contribution of the United States to Pakistan’s development. He mentioned the establishment of 5,000 megawatts of LNG-based power plants in Pakistan, with the entire equipment sourced from the US, helping to address serious power outages in the country. The Prime Minister emphasized the potential for further collaboration between the two nations, particularly in the fields of agriculture and information technology. He highlighted Pakistan’s talented workforce and youthful population as valuable assets that could be harnessed through cooperation with the United States.
Expressing gratitude, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif acknowledged the support provided by the United States during last year’s devastating floods. He recognized the US as the largest donor and praised their assistance in providing relief to millions of flood-affected people in Pakistan. The Prime Minister conveyed his congratulations to President Joe Biden and the American people on their 247th Independence Day and expressed his anticipation for high-powered US delegations to visit Pakistan to further enhance cooperation.
In his remarks, US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome emphasized the expanding economic partnership between the United States and Pakistan. He highlighted the United States’ role as a leading investor in Pakistan and the country’s largest export market. The Ambassador underscored the significant progress made in expanding market access for goods and services during recent ministerial meetings between the two nations.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s remarks signify Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening its bilateral ties with the United States. Recognizing the importance of mutual trust and respect, Shehbaz Sharif emphasized the positive contributions made by the United States in various sectors, including power generation and disaster relief. The Prime Minister expressed optimism for future cooperation and welcomed high-powered US delegations to further enhance collaboration between the two countries. As Pakistan and the United States continue to work together, the prospects for economic partnership and shared progress remain promising.