FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Aiming for cordiality first
Posted:May 18, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
Within the next 72 hours or so, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be meeting US President Donald Trump for the first time at the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Riyadh. And even though policy wonks have high expectations from this encounter, it is hardly the time or the place to set the tone for the future direction of the relationship between Islamabad and Washington. Our prime minister will be one of a number of Muslim leaders who are also meeting Trump for the first time. Introductions and political niceties are probably all that can be squeezed into these meetings. The task of weighing up the resentment and the distrust characterising the US-Pakistan relationship is also best left to a bilateral meeting at which the whole gamut of ties could be taken up and discussed threadbare.
 
Neither the Foreign Office nor the PM is prepared to take any chances though — judging perhaps from the candid exchanges that took place during Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s meeting with Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser H R McMaster last month. A proper brief covering Islamabad’s positions on India and Afghanistan has been drawn up for the Trump-Sharif meet-up just in case some troubling questions are raised. As other leaders have found out to their detriment, Mr Trump has a reputation for saying provocative and embarrassing things for effect and other less obtuse reasons. And when in a combative mood, his abrasiveness has spared few among his country’s closest allies. In that event, Mr Sharif will have to maintain his composure and smile back like patience on a monument.
 
If Mr Trump genuinely meant what he said in a telephone conversation with Mr Sharif after his election victory that his administration wanted a strong relationship with Pakistan, our prime minister must try to build on that pledge. Officials on both sides should avoid confrontationist postures or repeating different charges against each other. Although Pakistan isn’t likely to forget the uncharitable remarks made by a few Trump aides, Mr Sharif would do well to call for fresh beginnings — away from the painful recriminations of the past.
 
Express Tribune, May 19, 2017
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Ties between India and Japan are probably at their best ever, Japanese Ambassador to India H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu told India Review & Analysis’ Nilova Roy Chaudhury, as he outlined how the two countries have moved closer. Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit
 
read-more
The eight members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should strengthen cooperation against terrorism and build it into its framework, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New York on September 20.
 
read-more
That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
read-more
Reflections on September evoke a host of memories.
 
read-more
  During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.
 
read-more
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
read-more
Finally breaking her silence on the Rohingya exodus, Myanmar’s state counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her government would like to understand the root causes of the refugee crisis and investigate charges of human rights abuses.
 
read-more
The apprehension was justified. US President Donald Trump’s disregard for institutions and fondness for reckless rhetoric meant that his maiden appearance at the annual UN General Assembly was a closely watched affair.
 
read-more
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive