Trump's statement signals 'change' from last year: FO

Peace in Afghanistan is necessary for peace in the region, says FO spokesperson

Peace in Afghanistan is necessary for peace in the region, and we will continue to support it, says Dr Faisal. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO), reacting to the latest statement from US President Donald Trump, stated that the recent statement from Washington signals "change" in the stance taken at the beginning of 2018.

"We support Trump's remarks, and are currently assessing the developments in the bilateral relationship between the two countries," said FO Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal.

Trump, in a tweet on January 1, 2018, had criticised Pakistan for not doing enough in the war on terror and halted the country's aid.

Referring to Afghanistan, the spokesperson said Pakistan, China, Russia and various other countries are working towards peace in Afghanistan

Peace in Afghanistan is necessary for peace in the region, and we will continue to support it, added Dr Faisal.

Addressing the weekly press briefing on Thursday, Dr Faisal informed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will also be visiting Qatar in January.

"Dates are not finalised for the visit. After bilateral discussions, the dates will be announced soon," the FO spokesperson stated.

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The FO also informed about suspected corruption in the Pakistani embassy in Bulgaria, "After the investigation officer submits a report, the matter will be handed over to the National Accountability Bureau".

Faisal added similar suspicion surrounding the Pakistani embassy in Rome is being over seen by the Commerce ministry, and a report will be shared with media, said Dr Faisal.

"Pakistan's deputy high commissioner in Singapore has also been called and is being questioned regarding misappropriation of funds."

PM Imran is currently visiting Turkey on the invitation of the Turkish president, informed Dr Faisal and added that a "high level delegation is also accompanying the premier".

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Referring to Kashmir, the FO stated that Indian brutalities have continued unabated in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) and the residing Indian envoy has been summoned and protests lodged over repeated ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC).

"India should allow the United Nations mission to visit areas surrounding the Line of Control."




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