Despite Pakistan anger US stands by readout, hails Imran-Pompeo contact as ‘good one’

Published: August 24, 2018
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Prime Minister Imran Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. PHOTO: EXPRESS

WASHINGTON DC: The United States on Thursday said it stands by an earlier readout of the phone call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo after Pakistan termed the US statement as “factually incorrect”.

“We stand by our readout,” said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during her weekly press briefing. Nauert, terming the contact as a good call, said Pompeo had “expressed his willingness to work with the new government toward a productive bilateral relationship”.

“It may surprise some of you, but they had a good call. Pakistan is an important partner to the US. We hope to forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government. My understanding is that the beginning of the call or the call itself was a good call and a good discussion toward our working with the new government and the new administration.”

State Dept’s ‘factually incorrect’ statement on Imran-Pompeo call angers Pakistan

The Foreign Office had refuted US State Department’s press release detailing the phone call.

“Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by the US State Department on today’s phone call between PM Khan & Secretary Pompeo,” Foreign Officer Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet. “There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected.”

The rebuttal came immediately after Nauert said in a statement: “Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.”

During the hotline contact, the secretary of state had also raised the importance of Pakistan’s vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.

Premier Imran had emphasised the importance of strengthening bilateral relations on the basis of mutual trust and benefit and underscored the importance of peace and stability in the region.

 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Aamir
    Aug 24, 2018 - 7:49PM

    IK now know how much it is difficult to run the government!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Aug 24, 2018 - 8:15PM

    The US white House s now the centre of fake news orchastrated by the stat department.

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  • SAM AKHTER
    Aug 25, 2018 - 2:24AM

    Truth will prevail, it is the real face of politics, lie – deny and sway,,,,Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Aug 25, 2018 - 9:50AM

    This is not like previous governments where they would bend over and accept their foreign masters call. Poor pompeo didn’t expect any sort of retailiation because they are not used to it. This is called Tabdeeli and calling a spade a spade. Recommend

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