miller us supports freedom of expression in Pakistan

By Asif Ali Awan

| Published Apr 16, 2024 | 11:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON: United States State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller affirmed the US commitment to advancing freedom of expression in Pakistan during a media briefing in Washington on Monday. Pakistan will also receive US assistance to restore the rule of law, he declared.

While refraining from commenting on the Saudi foreign minister's visit to Pakistan, Miller mentioned that the US Secretary of State had recently engaged in discussions with the Saudi FM to address de-escalat

ion in the Middle East.

"We have continued to work with Saudi Arabia not just to de-escalate tensions in the immediate term, but to work for long-term and ultimately normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel that would provide regional peace and security for years to come," Miller stated.

Earlier in the day, a high-level Saudi Arabian delegation, led by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, arrived in Pakistan. The visit comes as the newly-elected government aims to attract significant investment from Saudi Arabia. 

The delegation includes Saudi Minister of Water and Agriculture Eng Abdul Rahman Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadley, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Ibrahim AlKhorayef, Deputy Minister of Investment Badr AlBadr, Head of Saudi Special Committee Mohammad Mazyed Al Towaijri, and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy and the Saudi Fund for General Investments.