"I cordially share your pleasure at the evidence of friendship and sympathy shown by your country in opening diplomatic relations with Pakistan from the very first day of its establishment as a new State.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: Pakistan and USA / Equal Partners in Defence of Democracy
- Context: Speech with the Ambassador of the United States of America on 26th February 1948
The American experience has supported the assumption that peace was the natural condition of humanity, prevented only by other countries’ unreasonableness or ill will. The European style of statecraft, with its shifting alliances and elastic maneuvers on the spectrum between peace and hostility, seemed to the American mind a perverse departure from common sense. In this view, the Old World’s entire system of foreign policy and international order was an outgrowth of despotic caprice or a malignant cultural penchant for aristocratic ceremony and secretive maneuver. America would forgo these practices, disclaiming colonial interests, remaining warily at arm’s length from the European-design international system, and relating to other countries on the basis of mutual interests and fair dealing.
The US opened diplomatic relations with Pakistan from the very first day of its establishment as a new state. Starting with a great foundation, there’s immense potential and promise in a stronger and friendlier relationship between America and Pakistan. Geo-economic priorities may probably create their own imperatives transcending historical attitudes. The citizens of Pakistan desire and are confident to materialize the tremendous opportunity for deeper cross-cultural engagement and binational economic connectivity between the United States of America and Pakistan.
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