Pakistan US to hold crucial talks in Washington

Pakistan US to hold crucial talks in Washington

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States will hold talks in Washington next week amid the persistent tension, officials said.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s visit to Washington from March 6-8 was aimed at defusing the tension and finding “common ground”.

An official said: “She will be meeting senior officials in Washington aiming at improving the Pak-US ties.”

The official added that Pakistan link was ready to show flexibility to save the alliance.

The visit comes after Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif made it clear that Pakistan link would no more sacrifice its interest for the sake of the US link . Asif said Pakistan link wouldits foreign policy keeping in view the national interest.

The minister said if the US link wanted peace in the region, it should review its south Asia policy.

The shaky Pak-US ties received a severe shock when US link President Donald Trump suspended the security assistance to Pakistan linktargeting the Coalition Support Fund at the start of the year 2018.

Trump alleged Pakistan link was not taking action against the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban.

The US link president claimed givingPakistan link $33 billion in aid. The US linkhad sanctioned $33.4 billion for reimbursements to Pakistan link during the past 15 years, 44 per cent of which was on account of anti-terror services.

Last month, the Financial Action Task Force discussed a US-sponsored resolution to placePakistan link on the terrorist financing watch-list. The Foreign Office confirmed this week that Pakistan linkwill be included in the watch-list in June this year.

Foreign Policy