After Shahbaz Sharif was chosen as Pakistan’s new prime minister, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “A prosperous and democratic Pakistan is essential to US interests.”
“We value our long-standing collaboration with Pakistan, and have always considered a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as important to US interests,” she said in a regular news briefing on Monday. Regardless of who is in charge, this remains unchanged.”
After previous Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed by a no-confidence vote, the National Assembly of Pakistan chose Sharif as the new leader of the House the day before.
Khan has consistently claimed that the US orchestrated a foreign plot to destabilize his government by using the unified Opposition against him. Washington, on the other hand, has dismissed the charges as unfounded.
“I don’t have a prognosis of a call at this point in time,” she said when questioned about the potential of telephonic communications between President Joe Biden and Shahbaz. Obviously, those are daily judgments, particularly once new leaders are chosen.”
“Of course, we have a long, strong, and abiding connection with Pakistan, as well as an important security relationship,” Psaki noted.