The United States is considering its relationship and partnership with Pakistan, the Trump government said a few days after Islamabad suspended its official visits and talks with Washington to protest criticism of President Donald Trump for providing shelters to militants.
Pakistan has canceled at least three meetings this week with the Trump administration. A meeting of Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also canceled.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Asia Alice Wells and Lisa Curtis, who heads the South Asian political wing at the White House National Security Council, Pakistan this week.
Asif said Monday that the suspension of official visits and talks are a sign of protest against Trump’s criticism of the matter.
Trump warned Pakistan last week of the continued presence of terrorist shelters and support for terrorist organizations.
“We continue to value our partnership with Pakistan and look forward to holding meetings at a mutually convenient time,” a PTI State Department spokesman said.
However, it is believed that the United States is trying to relaunch the dialogue process through its embassy in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, Senator Dan Sullivan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, congratulated Trump on his Afghan policy.
“It is particularly important for the President to indicate that US involvement in the future will be based on strategic considerations rather than on arbitrary terms and has underlined the increasing pressure on Pakistan to eliminate terrorists who work with our allies and partners in region, “he said yesterday.
Deputy Tom Cole described it as a winning strategy. “The President’s call for support and action from Pakistan and India has been long awaited.
The neighboring country of Pakistan has been essential to our fight against terrorism for years, but President Trump’s strategy calls for more action against terrorist groups that can and have grown there, “Cole said.
In a recent interview with PBS News, a former State Department official, Laurel Miller, said that Trump’s Afghan policy was going to be a major stumbling block for Pakistanis.
“This puts Pakistan’s most sensitive pimples. What worries Pakistan most in terms of an Indian role in Afghanistan is the prospect that Afghanistan will become a more favorable place for India and more Pakistan is surrounded in this way,” he said. .