Pakistan on Wednesday turned down an offer from the United States to participate in a virtual “Summit for Democracy” in Washington.
“We are grateful to the United States for inviting Pakistan to participate in the Summit for Democracy, which will be conducted virtually on December 9-10, 2021,” said Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office.
The Foreign Office reminded Washington that Pakistan is a “large functional democracy with an independent judiciary, a thriving civil society, and a free media,” according the Foreign Office.
Our commitment to furthering democracy, combating corruption, and safeguarding and promoting the human rights of all citizens is unwavering. As part of its efforts to achieve these objectives, Pakistan has implemented extensive reforms in recent years. A spokesperson for the organization stated that the reforms had yielded positive results.
Pakistan has emphasized that Islamabad cherishes its “partnership with the United States” and has expressed a desire to deepen the relationship “both bilaterally and in terms of regional and international collaboration,” according to the statement.
“We continue to communicate with the United States on a variety of matters and believe that we will be able to engage on this subject at a more appropriate time in the future,” the official added.
As a result of this, the FO indicated that Islamabad will “continue to support all efforts aimed at deepening dialogue, constructive engagement, and international collaboration for the advancement” of mutually agreed-upon objectives in the meantime.