Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Trump didn't blame Pak afghanistan, says David Hale

US President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump
Christy Curtis | 03 September, 2017, 07:17

According to details, the Pakistani delegation will also visit Russia, Iran and Turkey to consolidate its foreign policy and ties with the allies in order to give a befitting response to the U.S. administration.

"Pakistan is mostly anxious about the new U.S. strategy more than any other country in the region".

While announcing the new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump excoriated Pakistan, saying "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond".

The Trump administration will withhold more than $250 million in promised aid to Pakistan, U.S. officials told the Associated Press.

A delegation from Pakistan led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua visited Kabul on August 15 for bilateral political consultations with the Afghan officials. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.

Pakistan estimates there have been 70,000 Pakistani casualties in militant attacks since it joined the USA war on terror after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The president stressed over national unity, political cohesion, and religious harmony and said: "I hope that together we do the heroics that our predecessors did it in the past". In a meeting with national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua here last night, Mr Hale discussed the new United States strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia announced by President Trump. USA officials worry that if Pakistan becomes an active foe, it could further destabilise Afghanistan and endanger US soldiers.

The US took this decision as it had two options - either to give this money to Pakistan or return it back unused to the treasury department.

The Afghan-Pakistan ties have largely remained tensed over the issue of cross-border terrorism.

"Pakistan wants to have influence on the Afghan government".

According to sources at Foreign Office (FO), Islamabad is not in favour of worsening its relations with the US.

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