ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan attaches high value to its strategic relationship with the US and expressed the confidence that it will further improve and expand with Mr. Hussain Haqqani’s appointment as the country’s ambassador to the US. The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to Mr. Hussain Haqqani who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House here this afternoon before proceeding to join his new assignment.
The Prime Minister said that the democratic government looks forward to building a strategic partnership with the US that can be sustained over a long period of time. This will be a relationship between world’s most powerful nation and an emerging democracy, he added. The two countries will fight the menace of global terrorism together, as they have done for several years, he declared. The Prime Minister said Pakistan will seek greater market access for its textile products while maintaining the current aid relations.
He further said that the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US will go beyond immediate concerns of either country. The US, he added, is the world’s sole super power and Pakistan has been an ally of the US since 1950’s. We intend to break the previous cycle of infusion of US Aid followed by the period of sanctions and lack of engagement, he said. The Prime Minister said that Mr. Haqqani’s enjoys wide experience of dealing with the US academia, media and administration which will stand him in good stead during the tenure of his assignment in the US. He gave policy direction to the ambassador designate and wished him well.-SANA