WASHINGTON: Pakistan needs strategic space and sympathy, not calls to â€˜do moreâ€™, Ambassador Sherry Rehman told a congressional caucus on Friday.
Speaking at an event of the 50-member Pakistan Caucus in the US House of Representatives, she assured the lawmakers that Pakistan was with the US â€œfor a long haulâ€.
At the event organised jointly by Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat, and Dan Burton, a Republican, she underscored the importance of building a strong relationship between the two allied nations.
The caucus had not met for five years despite itâ€™s existence in Congress.
In a two-hour long discussion on the subject â€œPakistan and the United States: The Road Aheadâ€, the ambassador also underlined Pakistanâ€™s priorities, concerns and apprehensions before legislators and congressional staffers.
She highlighted the numerous instances of close, and in some cases, historical cooperation between the two countries since 1947.
â€œWe do not want to be seen as just a function of US concerns in Afghanistan. We are an important country in our own right that has a history of close friendship with the United States,â€ she said.
Responding to a query about the trust erosion between the two countries relating often to the region, she said: â€œPakistan is seeking to build a relationship based on transparency and predictability.â€
She noted that there was a clear strategic shift in Pakistanâ€™s calculus in the region, with proactive diplomatic engagement on both sides of the border as well as with all other regional countries.
â€œWe are pivoting our policy initiatives on new economic opportunities in the region. This means we seek to maximise trade and economic investments in the region as much as we continue to focus on the prospects for stability in the neighbourhood,â€ she said.