Pak Envoy Snubbed for Calling Obama a “Guest” in the White House

“That’s a ridiculous comment,” Mark Toner, State Department Deputy Spokesman, said over Mushahid Hussain’s statement

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The recent comment made by a visiting Pakistan envoy that the outgoing American President Barack Obama is now just a guest at the White House is “ridiculous”, the US has said.

“That's a ridiculous comment,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said on Thursday when asked about the remark made by the visiting Special Envoy of the Pakistan Prime Minister on Kashmir Issues, Mushahid Hussain Syed in Washington last week.

In response to a question about his expectations from the US government during a panel discussion on Kashmir at the Atlantic Council, a US think-tank, Syed had said:

What Pakistan would like from the US – and I’m talking of the incoming administration because Obama is a guest for the next few months, 20 January 2017, there will be a new administration – that they have to see the region where they have a more comprehensive perspective and do not try to compartmentalise peace and security, because that is not possible.

Last week Syed also met Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, Peter Lavoy, to inform the US government about the human rights violations in the Kashmir region.

However, Savoy snubbed Pakistan and defended India’s “right to self-defence” while condemning the Uri attacks that have claimed 20 soldiers’ lives so far.

Source: PTI

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