Value ties with Pak, look forward to scheduling meetings: US

Value ties with Pak, look forward to scheduling meetings: US

WASHINGTON: The US values its relationship and partnership with Pakistan, the Trump administration has said, days after Islamabad suspended official visits and talks with Washington to protest against President Donald Trump’s criticism of it for providing safe havens to militants.
Pakistan this week postponed at least three meetings with the Trump administration. A meeting of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also cancelled.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells and Lisa Curtis, who heads the South Asia policy wing at National Security Council of the White House were scheduled to visit Pakistan this week.
Asif on Monday said suspension of official visits and talks are a mark of protest against Trump’s criticism towards it.
Trump last week warned Pakistan of continued presence of terrorist safe havens and support to terrorist organisations.
“We continue to value our partnership with Pakistan and look forward to scheduling meetings at a mutually convenient time,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. However, it is believed that the US is trying to revive the dialogue process through its embassy in Islamabad.

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