To ensure Pakistan’s stability and development, the U.S. should “beef up” its consulates there and add capacity to implement “sustainable, consequential” aid projects, Sen. Dick Lugar writes in a May 6 opinion piece. Pakistan, for its part, should “unite around” a clear set of objectives to facilitate fruitful international partnerships.
Close cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan is ”more important than ever,” says Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-sponsor of last year’s landmark Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, which authorized USD7.5 billion in assistance over five years.
“I encourage Pakistan’s leaders to use the promise of the Enhanced Partnership Act to unite the government and the country around a set of national objectives and to push for principled compromises on contentious issues so that all sides can go forward together,” Lugar writes in Foreign Policy magazine. “This will require hard and sustained effort, but without it, Congress and the American people are unlikely to maintain their support for continued in-depth engagement.”