Top US official in Pakistan to repair strained ties

  • Lisa Curtis calls on Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD – In what appeared to be the back door efforts to fix constraint ties, a senior United States National Security Council has been visiting Pakistan and holding key meetings with officials in Islamabad.

The visit of Ms Lisa Curtis, the Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the NSC of US, was confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, adding that Cutis met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua at Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

Details about what was discussed in the meeting have not been shared by the Foreign Office.

The NSC official along with US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hail, also called on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and discussed matters of mutual interests.

According to APP, Ahsan Iqbal said harmony in Pak-US relationship was vital for ending terrorism in the region, adding that Pakistan sought sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

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He said Pak-US knowledge corridor would help increase educational capacity of students of Pakistan. The minister also informed the delegation about measures taken by the government to stop human trafficking.

The meeting came after two major steps by the US against Pakistan. The US earlier this year suspended military assistance to Pakistan, accusing it of not taking action against terrorists, a claim repeatedly rejected by Pakistani authorities.

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The ties between Pakistan and the US more deteriorated after the latter moved a resolution to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to put Islamabad on the terror-financing watchlist. The move was backed by UK, Germany, France and other allies of the US.

Pakistan has not been placed on the grey list as it has been given three months (until June) to improve action against money laundering and terror-financing.