Pakistan rejects USA statement on Pompeo-Khan phone call

Cheryl Sanders
August 25, 2018

A telephone conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has stirred up controversy, with Islamabad calling Washington's account of the discussion "factually incorrect".

Pompeo "raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process", read the statement.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stood by the readout on Thursday while speaking to reporters hours after her Pakistani counterpart demanded on Twitter an immediate correction to what he dismissed as "the factually incorrect" USA statement.

However, Pakistan has categorically stated that there was no mention of "terrorists operating in Pakistan" during the said conversation. This shd be immediately corrected.

Qureshi said Pompeo will arrive in Pakistan on September 5 for talks with government officials and that he looked forward to meeting with him.

In 2011, terrorist leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in the country after having found to have been living in a private compound in Abbottabad after years on the run. "That may surprise some of you, but they had a good call", said Ms. Nauert.

Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan stands ready to provide any humanitarian assistance to flood-ravaged Kerala as he sent best wishes to those affected by the devastating deluge. A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit state and allotted Rs 500 crore for immediate relief in addition to Rs 100 crore earlier.

Ties with the United States cooled in January when President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of "lies" and "duplicity" in the war on terror, suspending military assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

In his first tweet of the year, Trump said that the U.S. had "foolishly" given Pakistan $33bn in aid over 15 years.

The central government of India maintains that it will not accept financial help for Kerala from other countries. "They had a good call", Nauert said at a press briefing.

The Pakistani foreign minister said Pakistan's "strained ties" with the US have seen highs and lows and that the new government is determined to work to improve the relationship.

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