Clarification for the Record

Islamabad | May 14, 2014

Numerous media outlets have inaccurately attributed a statement made by a retired U.S. official to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins. These attributions are incorrect and have no correlation with Ambassador Dobbins’ or the U.S. government’s views on U.S – Pakistan relations.

In a recent interview on Pakistan TV, Ambassador Dobbins stated, “I think the relationship has improved a lot from the difficult times in 2012. I see a positive trajectory. The Strategic Dialogue between the two countries has intensified and I think there will be continued progress in this regard. I think the prospects for U.S.-Pakistan relations are actually quite good.”

Ambassador Dobbin’s statement accurately reflects the views of the U.S. government and our strong commitment to U.S. – Pakistan relations. The United States is deeply committed to strengthening the U.S.-Pakistan partnership to realize our shared vision of a more peaceful and prosperous Pakistan, as well as a more peaceful and prosperous region.