It is likely that Islamabad may not enjoy the same close relations it once did with Washington, said Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan Wednesday.
“At the moment, the Biden administration is facing a lot of criticism in the US,” said Majeed, speaking to Geo News. “Even the American media is criticising Washington’s Afghan evacuation policy.”
Stating that Pakistan had a key role to play in the evolving situation in Afghanistan, the ambassador said that Pakistan may not enjoy as close, cordial relations with the US as it once did.
“To expect relations between Pakistan and the US to once again return to what they used to be in the past will not be a realistic approach,” he said.
Majeed said Pakistan’s ties with China were strong and brotherly. He said the US is an important partner of Pakistan, adding that Islamabad will do its best to maintain a balanced approach between the two countries.
While responding to a question, the envoy said news reports and analyses did not reflect the policies.
“Countries take independent decisions to protect their interests,” he noted. “We are protecting our interests and will continue to do so. The US does the same,” he added.
He said wherever Pakistan and America’s interests aligned; people will observe both countries moving forward in their relations.