Policy & History

The United States established diplomatic relations with Pakistan following the country’s creation in 1947. We have a broad multi-faceted partnership with Pakistan in areas ranging from education to energy to trade and investment. The United States and Pakistan also maintain a strong security partnership.

The region, despite its challenges, is one of potential and growth, and encouraging regional integration is central to sustainable development and prosperity.

We have worked to identify shared interests and act on them jointly. We want to work together to stop violent extremists who threaten both of our people, to support a strong, stable, and prosperous Pakistan and region, to support Afghanistan’s future, and to shift our economic relationship from aid to trade and investment that supports the aspirations of the Pakistani people and that supports U.S. interests as well.