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White House says Pakistan critical to US interests

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says US supports upholding of democratic principles

The White House has said that a democratic Pakistan was critical to the interests of the United States, just hours after Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the prime minister.

In a press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the US supported the peaceful continuation of constitutional democratic principles. The White House press secretary said the United States “undoubtedly” backs rule of law and equal justice.

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Psaki added that the US treasures its long-running partnership with Pakistan and has always considered a flourishing and democratic Pakistan as necessary to its interests.

Responding to a question if Biden would call Shehbaz, Psaki said, “In terms of future calls, I don’t have anything to predict at this point and time, obviously, we stay in close touch with them at a range of levels.”

Since assuming the president’s office in 2021, Biden did not have a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan. Former prime minister Imran Khan time and time again held the US responsible for supporting the no-confidence motion moved against him that led to his removal from office on Sunday. Khan has refused to accept the newly-elected premier Shehbaz Sharif, saying “there can’t be any bigger insult to this country”, however, the US has denied any role.

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