Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pak Asks US To "Immediately Correct" Statement On Imran Khan-Pompeo Call

Pak Asks US To

Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan, Dawn reported, quoting the diplomatic and official sources.

However, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert indicated there would be no correction in response to Pakistan's complaint. "We hope to forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government", said Nauert.

A foreign Office spokesperson said there was no mention of the presence of terrorists in Pakistan during conversation between the two.

As the diplomatic row is underway between Pakistan and the U.S. with the two countries disagreeing about whether State Secretay Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Imran Khan held discussion over terrorism in a telephonic conversation, Washington has refused to withdraw from its original readout of the phone call.

In a Twitter post late on Thursday, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson for Pakistan's foreign ministry, called the Department of State's press release "factually incorrect" and urged an immediate correction.

He made the remarks in a phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to a press statement by the US Department of State on August 23.

India on Wednesday had rejected an offer by the United Arab Emirates government to give $100 million to the disaster relief fund for flood-stricken Kerala state.

The cabinet of newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the President, Chief Justice, Senate Chairman and the National Assembly speaker. "He congratulated Imran Khan and told him that the USA wants a productive relationship with Pakistan".

The foreign minister said the USA had made huge investments in Afghanistan and it also was imperative for Pakistan to convey its "priorities and requirements" to Washington in order to have a better relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump has suspended all military assistance to Pakistan for not doing enough to prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

In 2011, terrorist leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in the country after having found to have been living in a private compound in Abbottabad after years on the run.

"I look forward to Pompeo's visit and to engage with him for peace and stability and look at areas where both countries stand to gain", the foreign minister added.

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