America has once again given clarification to Pakistan regarding the package related to F-16. In fact, recently, the US had approved financial assistance of $ 450 million to Pakistan for the maintenance of a fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft. Now defending its decision, the US said it is “our obligation” to provide military equipment to ensure “maintenance” of the aircraft to enhance Islamabad’s ability to deal with “obvious” terrorist threats.
Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden, overturning former President Donald Trump’s decision, approved $450 million in financial assistance to Pakistan to maintain a fleet of F-16 fighter jets. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was on a visit to America, questioned this decision. In response to questions on the issue, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “It is related to maintenance for the long-standing F-16 with Pakistan. There is nothing new in this, but what is with it (Pakistan) is being maintained. It is our responsibility and obligation to maintain the military equipment that we provide. It is our responsibility.”
In a joint press conference with Jaishankar, Blinken said, “There are clear threats of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and whether it is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, whether IS or al-Qaeda, I think the threats are clear and It is in the interest of all of us to ensure that we have the means to deal with them. inspires to.
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