He described it as “one of the most dangerous countries in the world.” Islamabad is protesting
Statements made by US President Joe Biden provoked a crisis with Islamabad, as the master of the White House described Pakistan as “one of the most dangerous countries in the world.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the US ambassador to protest Biden’s comment, which called into question the ally’s nuclear weapons safety protocols.
The US president’s comments, which seemed impromptu, came as he spoke about US foreign policy during a special fundraising event for the Democratic Party in California on Thursday evening. But the White House later published the transcript of his statements, which angered Pakistan.
Biden was talking about his contacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping, when he said, “Did any of you expect us to be in a situation where China is trying to define its role with respect to Russia, with respect to India and with respect to Pakistan?” “This is a man who understands what he wants, but he has a huge set of problems,” he added. How do we deal with that? How do we deal with that in relation to what is happening in Russia?” He continued, “And I don’t think it is among the most dangerous countries in the world: Pakistan. Nuclear weapons, but without any coherence.”
“I have discussed the matter with the prime minister and we have summoned the US ambassador… for official action,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said during a press conference in Karachi. He added: “I was surprised by President Biden’s statements. I think this is just the kind of misunderstanding that arises when there is a lack of communication.”