Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani emphasized the need to strengthen bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States in 2024 during a meeting with U.S. Charge d’Affaires Angela P. Blome. The discussions were centred on various aspects of bilateral relations, including Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir’s recent visit to the U.S. Jilani underscored the importance of building on recent exchanges into bilateral ties.
A statement issued by the U.S. Mission Acting Spokesperson, Thomas Montgomery, outlined the broad range of crucial topics covered during the meeting. These included expanded diplomatic engagement and discussions on the safe and efficient processing of Afghan citizens eligible for resettlement in the United States. The two countries also addressed other issues of mutual interest.
Notably, General Munir’s visit to Washington last month marked his first official trip since assuming the role of Chief of Army Staff. While on the visit, he held meetings with crucial officials from the U.S. government and military, such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken, retired General Lloyd J. Austin who serves as Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer, and General Charles Q. Brown, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Discussions during these meetings encompassed matters of bilateral interest, global and regional security issues, and ongoing conflicts. Both sides expressed a commitment to continue engagement and explore potential avenues for bilateral collaboration in pursuit of shared interests. Additionally, General Munir held discussions with General Michael Erik Kurilla, the commander of the U.S. Central Command (Centcom), focusing on cooperation in regional security matters.
As Pakistan and the United States navigated their diplomatic relations in 2024, the recent high-level exchanges set a positive tone for continued collaboration. The emphasis on exploring avenues for cooperation reflects a shared commitment to addressing global challenges and fostering stability in the region.
Both sides emphasized the need to build on the positive momentum in their relations, covering vital issues such as expanded diplomatic engagement and the processing of Afghan citizens eligible for resettlement to the United States. This diplomatic dialogue, coupled with recent high-level engagements, underscores a joint effort to strengthen ties, explore collaboration, and contribute to global and regional security in the coming year.