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Newsline: Pakistan’s Youngest Top Diplomat Says He’s Ready to Redefine U.S. Relations

Pakistan’s new top diplomat has expressed his government’s will to redefine and expand the nation’s relationship with the United States after an abrupt change of power last month, in which the previous prime minister accused Washington of orchestrating his ousting. Speaking at a press conference Thursday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari compared former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s accusations against the U.S. to former President Donald Trump’s election fraud claims. But now, Zardari asserted, the priority was to move past the latest row to mend ties marred by far more deep-rooted trends, including growing U.S. engagement with Pakistan’s top rival, India. In response to Newsweek’s question, Zardari said that “Pakistan is not insecure about our relationship with the United States, and we believe that the world is big enough for Pakistan and India to exist.” “I believe that there is a lot of potential for Pakistan-U.S. relations.” he added. “And it is to the benefit of the people of Pakistan and the people of America that both our governments engage, and we look to provide opportunities to both our people to benefit from our relationship.” (https://www.newsweek.com/pakistans-youngest-top-diplomat-says-hes-ready-redefine-us-relations-1708347) At 33, Zardari is Pakistan’s youngest foreign minister, but he is no stranger to politics. He is the son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated by Islamist militants in 2007, leaving Zardari to co-chair the progressive Pakistan People’s Party at the age of 19 alongside his father, Asif Ali Zardari.

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