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Not cutting ties with Pakistan: US diplomat

WASHINGTON – A senior State Department official has gone on record to state that the United States was not thinking of cutting ties with Pakistan.
In an interview with Media, Acting State Department South and Central Asia Assistant Secretary Alice Wells said the US considered Pakistan essential to resolving the Afghan imbroglio.
Wells, also the acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said it should not be assumed that the US was considering ending bilateral ties with Islamabad. “On the contrary, we are backing Pakistan against all militant groups.”
When asked about a new strategy if ties frayed further, the US diplomat maintained that ‘Pakistan was pivotal to stability in Afghanistan’.
Shedding light on the United States’ South Asia strategy, she said it was premised on understanding Pakistan’s national interests.

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