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US State Dept No. 2 to visit Pakistan, India

  • Will be one of the first high-level officials under President Joe Biden to visit Pakistan


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WASHINGTON: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel next month to Pakistan and India, rivals that have clashed on the way forward in Afghanistan, the State Department announced Monday.

Sherman, after CIA chief Bill Burns, will be one of the first high-level officials under President Joe Biden to visit Pakistan, which has long irritated the United States over its relationship with the Taliban.

Sherman will meet senior officials in Islamabad on October 7-8 after an earlier visit to New Delhi and Mumbai on October 6-7, when she will meet officials and civil society leaders and address the US-India Business council's annual "ideas summit," the State Department said.

The trip comes as India, one of the top allies of the Western-backed Afghan government that collapsed last month, urges the world to pay closer attention to Pakistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an opinion piece published Monday in The Washington Post, called his country a "convenient scapegoat."

"In Afghanistan, the lack of legitimacy for an outsider's protracted war was compounded by a corrupt and inept Afghan government, seen as a puppet regime without credibility, especially by rural Afghans," he wrote, elaborating on themes in his address Friday to the UN General Assembly.

He urged the world to engage the Taliban government "to ensure peace and stability."

Biden, who like his predecessors has called for strong relations with India, has yet to speak to Khan, although Secretary of State Antony Blinken met his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of UN meetings last week and thanked Islamabad for help in evacuating Americans from Afghanistan.
 

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A diplomat is a diplomat and should be regarded as such. Incremental steps towards rebuilding relations is better then nothing at all.
 

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She is married with one daughter, and has an impressive resume. What are you on about?
We want number 1... Why is this even news. Who cares ....

Inferiority complex galore ... She could visit "3rd world" Mexico ... I'm sure it wouldn't make front page headlines.... But in coolie Dalit imperial slave minds of South Asian Desi's it's the second coming of Christ....
 

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Seems like a throw back to the era when US officials make sure that they visit both India and Pakistan whenever they want to visit the neighborhood. :p:

What is her agenda in Pakistan?
 

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Let's hope the Prime Minister does not grace her with a meeting like he avoided the CIA director. At best FM SMQ should be the one. Americans need to be taught protocol. Us bending over for them for twenty years has always hurt us more than it has helped us.
 

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Let me paint the picture

Comes to Pakistan , and listens and then shows concern gives us lollipop
Goes to India will high five Indians and sell weapons

This is generally been the trend in last 10 years

I agree, a lower rank Government Official should meet who ever this person is and send them on their way out of country ASAP

Show them the Door

Alternatively make sure they visit India first , so it can be analyzed what they state with India
 
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We want number 1... Why is this even news. Who cares ....

Inferiority complex galore ... She could visit "3rd world" Mexico ... I'm sure it wouldn't make front page headlines.... But in coolie Dalit imperial slave minds of South Asian Desi's it's the second coming of Christ....
Just another example of the ongoing process between the two countries to find as best a way forward as possible, that is all.
 

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Agenda is already set.




Pakistan not to cave under world pressure, will continue provision of aid to Afghanistan, says Sheikh Rashid - Pakistan - DAWN.COM

Pakistan not to cave under world pressure, will continue provision of aid to Afghanistan, says Sheikh Rashid


The interior minister's statement in this regard has come as a US delegation, led by Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, arrives in Pakistan for talks aimed at bridging a growing chasm between Washington and Islamabad on the Afghan issue.
 

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And dear Michael, this is after 20 years of US occupation!

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Michael Kugelman

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Today, in Afghanistan:
*95% of households don't have enough to eat
*2 million children are malnourished
*97% of Afghans could be poor in 2022
*90% of healthcare facilities have closed b/c of no aid
*Thousands of children under 5 could die each month
This is utterly devastating.
 

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