WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s national security adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf has complained about Joe Biden’s failure to contact Prime Minister Imran Khan as the US seeks help to stop the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan following withdrawals of troops.

In an interview with Financial Times, Yusuf said that “The president of the United States hasn’t spoken to the prime minister of such an important country who the US itself says is make-or-break in some cases, in some ways, in Afghanistan — we struggle to understand the signal, right?”

“We’ve been told every time that . . . [the phone call] will happen, it’s technical reasons or whatever. But frankly, people don’t believe it,” he said.

“If a phone call is a concession, if a security relationship is a concession, Pakistan has options,” he added, refusing to elaborate.

Meanwhile, a senior Biden administration official said: “There are still a number of world leaders President Biden has not been able to speak with personally yet. He looks forward to speaking with Prime Minister Khan when the time is right.”

Recently, the Taliban has captured the major territory of Afghanistan. The government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has openly accused Pakistan of supporting the Taliban to secure its strategic interests in the region.

On the other side, Washington has leaned on Pakistan in recent years to help bring senior Taliban leadership to the negotiating table and secure a deal to exit the country with few attacks on US soldiers. But despite calls from Khan to broaden US-Pakistan relations beyond Afghanistan, Biden has yet to call him since taking office this year.

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