US’ Pompeo contacts Pak Army chief to advance bilateral ties

  • Both officials also discussed the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Pakistan

WASHINGTON – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a phone call to Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss bilateral ties and regional situation.

During the conversation held on Wednesday, both high ups discuss ways to advance bilateral ties between Pakistan and the US, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed.

The spokesperson further said that other topics included “the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction”.

It is the first such high-level talks took place since both countries slapped travel restrictions on diplomats. Islamabad had slapped reciprocal limitations on United States diplomats in the country after President Donald Trump’s administration took a harsh step.

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The tension between Pak-US relations escalated last year when Trump unveiled South Asia strategy, blaming Pakistan for providing safe havens to militants of banned outfits in the country.

The US has also demanded that Pakistan take action against the Haqqani network as well as the Taliban without discrimination.

Pakistan, however, has denied all such allegations of giving shelter to terrorists, maintaining that it would continue to wage its war against terrorism.