Pakistan disputes United States account of Pompeo-Khan phone call

Sunday, 26 Aug, 2018

"I have also forwarded a suggestion that all channels should submit some amount as security deposit with the government so if they fail to pay salaries, we can pay their employees", said Chaudhry. The foreign minister said that his Chinese counterpart would visit Islamabad on September 8 describing the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as "an important development" in their relationship. Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan, Dawn reported, quoting the diplomatic and official sources.

US State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, who issued the statement and reiterated that Pompeo had raised Islamabad's importance of taking decisive action against terrorist organisations operating in Pakistan. That may surprise some of you, but they had a good call.

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In one of the initial moves after becoming the Prime Minister, Imran Khan said that his government will support any positive steps to improve relations with India.

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.

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Qureshi generally echoed Nauert's reading of the overall discussion, saying Pompeo sought a productive bilateral relationship.

The prime minister will also not use special planes for foreign visits or domestic travels.

Ties with the USA 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.

Khan is well known for his criticism of US military policy in Afghanistan, but he said after winning elections last week that he seeks better relations with the United States after a series of aid cuts and the suspension of USA military training.

With respect to Afghanistan, both the leaders agreed that peace is a priority for the two countries. Qureshi stopped short of telling Washington his country has found new allies, although he did not name China or Russian Federation. "We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed". "Pakistan is no longer the darling of the West as it used to be", Qureshi noted.