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We have long, strong and abiding relations with Pakistan: White House

Responding to a question on the possibility of a phone call between the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and U.S President Joe Biden, she said, "I don't have a prediction of a call at this point of time.

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A day after the National Assembly elected the new Prime Minister of Pakistan in what the former treasury benches term a “successful regime change operation”, the White House released its statement regarding the development.

As Prime Minister-elect Shahbaz Sharif was sworn into the chief executive’s office, the White House Press Secretary Jen Paski revealed in a statement that the United States values its relations with the country.

Addressing a news conference, the White House Secretary said, “We support the peaceful holding of constitution and democratic principles, we don’t support one political party over another.” She further added that “We value our long-standing cooperation with Pakistan and have always viewed that as a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to U.S. interest; that remains unchanged regardless of who leadership is.”

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Responding to a question on the possibility of a phone call between the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and U.S President Joe Biden, she said, “I don’t have a prediction of a call at this point of time.

Obviously, those are assessments made day by day and especially after new leaders are elected. Of course, we have a long, strong and abiding relationship with Pakistan, an important security relationship and that will continue under new leaders.” President Joe Biden was elected in 2021 to become the POTUS. However, after assuming power, the newly elected President did not call the PM Khan during his tenure.

Prime Minister-elect Shahbaz Sharif also received congratulations from his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. The Indian Prime Minister in his tweet, also expressed the desire to have working relations that enable “peace and stability in the region” and called to focus on development challenges and “ensure the well-being and prosperity” of the people of the region.

The newly elected Prime Minister also received a call from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who hoped that the two countries’ brotherly relations would be further solidified.

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Shahbaz Sharif was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Monday by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. The Senate chairman administered the oath in President Dr. Arif Alvi’s absence, who, on the advice of his physicians, went on a sick leave just ahead of the inauguration ceremony. Hours before PM Sharif undertook the oath, members of the former ruling party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf- resigned en masse to record their protest against the “imported government.”