US appreciates Pakistan for security of it's nuclear weapons
WASHINGTON - Sticking to its do-more mantra, the US has linked resumption of the suspended security aid of some $2 billion to Pakistan with decisive and sustained action against alleged terrorist sanctuaries on Pakistan’s territory.
The US Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, has said Pakistan is not heeding President Donald Trump’s demand to end the sanctuaries it gives to the Taliban and other extremists – charges Pakistan long has vehemently denied.
He said this while briefing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Afghan war and the US <link> South Asia strategy. “We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns,” Sullivan said.
The US has reiterated its commitment to play its part in reducing tensions in the South Asia in a way that address Pakistan’s legitimate concerns, Radio Pakistan adds.
John Sullivan said they will continue to value their relationship with <link>Pakistan <link> and recognize the benefits of cooperation. He said <link>Pakistan <link> has played an important role in pushing al-Qaida closer to defeat.
He said they also acknowledged the enormous sacrifices of the Pakistani people and security forces in combating terrorism.
The Deputy Secretary of State told the Committee that they also encouraged restraint in Pakistan’s military nuclear and missile programmes, and sought continued, closer alignment of Pakistan’s non-proliferation policies with their own.