US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that the US will examine its relationship with Pakistan in the coming weeks to determine what role it should play in the future of Afghanistan.
Blinken told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that Pakistan has a “multiplicity of interests, some of which are in conflict with ours,” in the first public hearing on Afghanistan since the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government last month.
“It’s one that’s continually hedging its bets on Afghanistan’s future, one that’s housing Taliban militants… It is also one that is involved in several aspects of counter-terrorism cooperation with us “Blinken remarked.
When asked by senators if it is time for the United States to rethink its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken said the administration will do so shortly.
“One of the things we’ll be looking at in the days and weeks ahead is the role Pakistan has played over the last 20 years, as well as the role we’d want to see it play in the next years and what it would take for it to achieve that,” he said.