Washington: Observing that there is no slander campaign against Pakistan, the US has said that the Obama Administration believes that its relationship with Islamabad is in its national security interest.
"We believe our relationship with Pakistan is in both our national security interests, and we`re committed to moving that forward in a positive direction," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters during his daily news conference.
Toner was responding to questions about the statement issued by Pakistani Government last week according to which a demarche was made to the US embassy in Islamabad to register its concerns, in particular the slander campaign against Pakistan.
"Our embassy in Washington has also been asked to ascertain details," the statement said.
The United States is continuing to work through the issues that it has with Pakistan, he said.
"I’m not going to be specific about what we`re looking for, except to say that after the Abbottabad raid, the questions it raised about support networks, we had serious questions about Pakistan, both this Administration as well as on the Hill, and we`re seeking to address those questions, and we`re working with the Pakistani Government to do so," he said.
"But at the same time, our message is clear, that we want to build a stronger long-term relationship with Pakistan, counter-terrorism relationship with Pakistan," he said.