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PAKISTAN REJECTS US STATEMENT ON PM-POMPEO PHONE TALK

Pakistan has rejected contents of a US State Department’s statement, which says that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for action against all terrorist groups in Pakistan in his phone talk with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, reported Xinhua.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal disagreed with the US statement and said on twitter late Thursday that Pakistan has taken exception to the “factually incorrect statement” issued by the US State Department on the phone call between Khan and Pompeo.

“There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected,” Faisal said.

But the US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert insisted that 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.”

Nauert also said Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new Pakistani government towards a productive bilateral relationship.

While on its part, Pakistan Prime Minister’s office said in a statement on Thursday that Pompeo phoned Imran Khan and congratulated him on a successful election campaign and forming the government, and wished the prime minister well for implementation of his commitment for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasised the importance of strengthening bilateral relations on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit,” it said.

The prime minister underscored the importance of peace and stability in the region. With reference to Afghanistan, both sides agreed that peace was a priority for their two countries, the statement said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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