U.S. National Archives

May 22 1971

Telegram From the Consulate General in Karachi to the Department of State

Subj: President Yahya’s Observations on Pakistan Political Situation.

Foreign Relations of the United States
Volume X1
South Asia Crisis, 1971

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Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 27 INDIA–PAK. Secret; Priority; Exdis. Repeated to Calcutta, Dacca, Islamabad, Lahore, New Delhi, and Kabul.

Karachi, May 22, 1971, 1955Z.

1184. From the Ambassador. Subj: President Yahya’s Observations on Pakistan Political Situation. Ref: State 084783.(2)

1. I met President Yahya Khan at President’s house in Karachi, Saturday, May 22 at 1830 to present him President Nixon’s letter of May 7.(3) During hour and half conversation which ensued I discussed with Yahya, among other subjects which are reported by septel,(4) the political situation within Pakistan and his plans with regard thereto.

2. I stated that President Nixon sincerely welcomed the opportunity he had had last October to discuss Pakistan’s political future with Yahya. He was deeply interested in hearing how Yahya planned to reach accommodation with the people and political leaders of East Pakistan. The USG believed that peaceful political accommodation was necessary to permit the people of Pakistan to turn their attention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and economic development and also to avoid the dangers of escalation and internationalization of the East Pak situation. I stated that, as a friend of Pakistan, the USG was willing to be of assistance in facilitating such an accommodation.

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