Will Joe Biden make contact with Imran Khan? The White House's Remarks

Since taking office in January this year, Imran Khan has stated his dissatisfaction with the US President's refusal to speak with him. On September 15, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stated of US Vice President Joe Biden, "He is a busy man."

Will Joe Biden make contact with Imran Khan? The White House's Remarks
Will Joe Biden make contact with Imran Khan? The White House's Remarks

Despite high-level exchanges between the two nations, a senior White House official claimed she couldn't "predict" when US President Joe Biden will phone Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Imran Khan has complained to the American media that a "busy" President Biden has not bothered to speak to him despite Washington's request for Pakistan's assistance in stabilising Afghanistan. In response to a query during Monday's daily briefing on whether Biden may call Khan anytime soon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "At this moment, I am unable to make any predictions. If they make a call, we will, of course, read it to everyone."

During the briefing, the media noted that while President Biden was meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Imran Khan took the stage at the United Nations and delivered some remarks "He was scathing in his criticism of the US's actions in Afghanistan, and he bemoaned the lack of direct communication between himself and Vice President Biden. 

Ms Psaki responded by saying that the US has been in contact with Pakistani leaders at the highest levels of the State Department, the Department of Defense, and other critical components of the Biden administration." 

To be sure, the President has not spoken with every foreign leader at this point. But, of course, he has a team — an elite team — on standby to do just that," she explained. Ms Psaki stated that the United States and Pakistan would continue to "work together and engage on projects where we can, make clear where we have concerns, but I wouldn't overread into a leader-to-leader call in that sense." "At this time, we have high-level engagement from the State Department, the Defense Department, and others." 

Following her trip to India, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman will travel to Pakistan next month, according to the State Department. Imran Khan, while delivering his UN General Assembly address on Friday, said that Pakistan has been blamed for the turn of events in Afghanistan, by politicians in the United States and some politicians in Europe.

"I want them all to know that, aside from Afghanistan, Pakistan was the country that suffered the most when we joined the US War on Terror after 9/11," he remarked. "Unfortunately, the United States made a mistake in attempting to push a military solution," he added during his speech. 

Since taking office in January this year, Imran Khan has stated his dissatisfaction with the US President's refusal to speak with him. On September 15, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stated of US Vice President Joe Biden, "He is a busy man." Imran Khan revealed that he hadn't spoken to Biden since the Afghan government fell up.

When asked why Joe Biden hadn't called him since coming into office in January, Imran Khan curtly said: "He is a busy man" and later said Joe Biden should be asked, "why he is too busy to call". During an interaction with foreign journalists at his residence in August, he had said that he was not really "waiting" for a phone call from Joe Biden.

"I keep hearing that President Biden hasn't called me. It's his business. It's not like I am waiting for any phone call," he had said in response to a question.