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WASHINGTON: Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary on Thursday spoke about ‘not-so-friendly’ relationship with Pakistan, particularly over the last eight years but stressed the ally was important for the United States.

“The US relationship with Pakistan is one that’s quite complicated, particularly when you consider our overlapping national security interests. The relations between our two countries, particularly over the last eight years, have not been smooth – consistently smooth, particularly in the aftermath of the raid on Pakistani soil that President Obama ordered to take Osama bin Laden off the battlefield,” said the White House Press Secretary.

“But this obviously is an important relationship,” Earnest continued to explain and added, “There have been areas where the United States and Pakistan have been able to effectively coordinate our efforts.”

Commenting on a question why Barack Obama never visited Pakistan as the US President, Earnest said, “At one point in his presidency, I do recall President Obama expressing a desire to travel to Pakistan. For a variety of reasons, some of them relating to the complicated relationship between our two countries at certain times over the last eight years, President Obama was not able to realise that ambition.”

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