WASHINGTON: The United States enjoys an important relationship with Pakistan, state department spokesperson John Kirby said on Saturday, dispelling the notion that relations between the two countries had reached a stalemate.
Kirby said ties between the two countries are complicated at times but it is an important relationship that we continue to work at very, very seriously, and we are going to remain committed to.
When asked to comment on closure of Torkham border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said US wants to see the crossing stay open.
The major border crossing between the two countries was closed after Afghanistan objected to fencing of the border that Pakistan intends to carry out in order to stop infiltration of militants.
Responding to a question about US stance regarding Indias membership of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), the spokesman said President Obama reaffirmed US views on the issue during his last year visit to India that New Delhi meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership.
Relationship between the two countries suffered in the last three month, something that foreign affairs adviser Sartaz Aziz admitted on Friday after the US refused to supply Pakistan with F-16 fighter jets.
The US state department has said that key Congress members are not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan.
Elizabeth Trudeau, Director Office of Press Relations State Department said at a daily press briefing on Thursday, I will note key members of Congress have been clear theyre not prepared to support US military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions.
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