US working closely with Pakistan to recover Warren Weinstein: Toner

Published: May 7, 2012

Toner says US is very very concerned about Weinstein's safety and well-being. PHOTO: AGENCIES

WASHINGTON: US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said on Monday that cooperation with Pakistan continues in the Warren Weinstein case.

Speaking to reporters at the daily press briefing, Toner, in response to a question on a recent video released featuring American aid worker Warren Weinstein, who called on President Obama for help, said, “we are very very concerned about his safety and well-being.”

The spokesperson said that co-operation with Pakistani law enforcement continues on the matter. He added that they remained in close contact with Weinstein’s family. The State Department spokesperson, in response to a question, maintained that the US, as per policy did not negotiate with terrorists. He added that they could not say for certain if the video was credible, and analysis was underway on when the video was made.

In response to a question about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on Ayman al-Zawahiri being in Pakistan and that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar request to provide information on the matter, Toner said that he had not seen FM Khar’s response.

The spokesperson added that counterterrorism co-operation with Pakistan was continuing.

On Hafiz Saeed, the State Department spokesperson said that the Rewards for Justice programme was announced as they wanted to see him brought to justice.

 

Reader Comments (8)

  • Batman
    May 7, 2012 - 11:05PM

    I thought they didn’t trust us? so why work with us?

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  • junaid
    May 7, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Hina Rabbani’s REQUEST ….. ?? wow ! well i also had a chance to hear her ….. wonder y didnt many like me found no element of requesting …. too lame n snubbed reporting !

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  • New Agent...............
    May 8, 2012 - 12:05AM

    They cant use their drones or Seal them to locate their agent?
    In any case, lets not help them or else Ayesha_Khan would be dis-appointed.

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  • Iron hand
    May 8, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @Batman: they don’t trust you. They simply have no choice but to try to work with you in the hope that some day sanity will prevail in Pakistan’s foreign policy.

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  • Batman
    May 8, 2012 - 2:22AM

    @Iron Hand, I don’t think they’re trying to work with Pakistan because they hope sanity will prevail in Pakistan’s foreign policy one day or another. If you’re going to defend US please don’t come up with such a lame argument.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 8, 2012 - 4:05AM

    @New Agent……………:

    Glad you are so concerned about my opinion. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/white-house-al-qaida-hostage-plea-cannot-not-204121086.html USA has decided NO negotiations though they will make every effort to get Weinstein released. They were asked to release all Al Qaeda suspects around the world and stop all bombings against Al Qaeda around the world. Not something USA can agree to.

    It is really upto Pakistan. Does it want to work for the release of 70 year old person who was in Pakistan for 6 years to help Pakistanis or simply allow him to die. Whatever decision Pakistan makes should be with the knowledge that it will not just impact aid from US but also aid from UK because it sends out a message on the fate of aid workers in Pakistan.

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  • Good decision
    May 8, 2012 - 4:11AM

    There is a difference between ‘working’ and ‘begging’. Got the point? Changing name to Batman will not help.

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  • Daniel Hoffman
    May 8, 2012 - 7:24AM

    Lol! Hahaha well said @ good decision ….:-)

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