Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday said that his country is ready to work with the new administration of the US. Qureshi also emphasized that the world has changed a lot in the last four years and that any relationship and engagement should develop on the basis of new ground reality. During the Trump administration, relations between Pakistan and the US were chaotic as well as complicated.
Qureshi while addressing a press conference in Multan said, "(In) four years, the world has changed, the area has changed and Pakistan has changed and you have to join this new Pakistan". The government of Pakistan is ready to work with the new US government and hopes that the Biden administration will be guided by "new approaches and new policy guidelines". He said, "I think there is a lot of similarity between current thinking and our policies in America."
Qureshi said that in a letter addressed to the new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, he spoke to him about the positive change in Pakistan's policies. The statement comes at a time when Pakistan is keen to improve relations with Washington in the wake of a peace deal with the Taliban, which it claims Islamabad made possible.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already expressed a desire to work with the new US administration to strengthen bilateral relations. Qureshi said that India too has changed. He alleged that "he is no longer a democratic country". India is not negotiating with Pakistan following the January 2016 attack by a Pakistani terrorist group at the Air Force base in Pathankot.