Complicated relationship kept Barack Obama from travelling to Pakistan: White House
A ‘complicated’ US-Pakistan relationship kept outgoing President Barack Obama from visiting Islamabad, according to a presidential spokesman, even though the American leader had expressed the desire to visit Pakistan.
“At one point in his presidency, I do recall President Obama expressing a desire to travel to Pakistan”, but could not happen “for a variety of reasons, some of them relating to the complicated relationship between our two countries at certain times over the last eight years,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a news briefing on Thursday.
While admitting that Pakistan-US ties had not always been smooth over the last eight years, the White House spokesman said Washington nevertheless sees the relationship as vital. “Obviously is an important relationship. There have been areas where the United States and Pakistan have been able to effectively coordinate our efforts.”
On the subject sprang up at the news briefing in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Earnest said: “Ultimately, when President Trump begins planning his overseas travel, he’ll have a range of places to consider, and Pakistan would certainly be one of them.”