US Chargé d’affaires Angela Aggeler said the visit serves as the latest example of US-Pakistan cooperation on shared interests.
“I am hopeful it is the first of many to encourage and strengthen commercial and economic ties between Balochistan and the US,” Aggeler said. “I am proud of US and Pakistani efforts to promote maritime security through naval exercises and professional exchanges, and I look forward to expanding our cooperation across sectors.”
1/3 “I would like to thank my Pakistani hosts and counterparts for hosting me at #Gwadar today. It is great to be back in Balochistan.”
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) April 8, 2021
The move came around two years after the US warned Pakistan that the CPEC, under which the Gwadar port is being developed, would push the country deeper into an already-stifling debt burden, foster corruption and repatriate jobs and profits to China.
Sources in the Indian defence and security establishment told ThePrint that contrary to popular opinion, not all is well between China and Pakistan.
CPEC is the flagship programme under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Last year, China sought additional guarantees for funding Main Line 1, or ML-1, the largest BRI project in Pakistan. With 2,655km of track, the railway project connects Karachi to Peshawar. It also includes dualisation and upgrading of the existing railway track between the two cities.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government would consult the IMF in order to disburse a second package of incentives as the third wave of the coronavirus takes its toll on the vulnerable in the country