It has been said in the report that even though this informal conversation is taking place between Biden and Shahbaz, but it is of great importance. That too when the Biden administration largely ignored Pakistan during the tenure of Imran Khan. However, a lot has changed since then and after the new government came to power in Pakistan, relations between both the countries have improved a lot. An adviser to the US Secretary of State has recently visited Pakistan, while the Biden administration has also given $450 million in weapons and equipment for the F-16 fighter jet.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will also visit Washington after the UN session and meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. This will be Bilawal Bhutto’s second meeting with the US Secretary of State. Shahbaz Sharif will also meet the French President this week. This will be the first bilateral meeting between the Pakistani-French leaders in 7 years. Relations between Pakistan and France have been very bad in the last few years.
The French President wanted to talk to Imran after the Taliban rule came but he did not even answer the phone call. After that Macron never called back. France is a major member country of the European Union and a close country of India. France also has a very influential role in the FATF where the fate of Pakistan is to be decided in the month of October. It is believed that Shahbaz is meeting this keeping in mind the FATF.