Pakistan Briefs U.S. Envoy On Counter Terrorism Efforts 2018

Pakistani officials informed a senior US diplomat who had recently learned about the fight against terrorism after the US suspended security assistance to the South Asian country.

The Foreign Ministry said that the delegation, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, was briefed on 15 January about the latest anti-terrorist measures by Pakistani law enforcement agencies.

Wells “acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terrorism” and “underlined the need to strengthen intelligence cooperation” to fight terrorism, a statement said.

US officials have for a long time accused Pakistan of hosting militant groups that carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan denounced by Islamabad.

Earlier this month, the US government announced that it would suspend the security support to the Pakistani military until it took “decisive action” against the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network. US officials said freezing could affect $ 2 billion in aid.

The move has tightened bilateral relations, with the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying on January 5 that Washington’s “arbitrary deadlines, biased statements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive” to tackle the threat of terrorism.

The ministry also sought to minimize the impact of the cut in aid by saying that over the past 15 years, Pakistan has spent more than $ 120 billion on counter-terrorism, largely from its own resources. Also on January 15, US Supreme Military Commander Gen. Joseph Dunford said he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship. No, we do not, but are we committed to a more effective relationship with Pakistan? We are. And I will not give that up, “said Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters a trip to Brussels.

 

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