Trump South Asia Policy: US envoy meets Pakistan’s Foreign Minister

David Hale

By Muhammad Luqman
Hours after American President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of ‘harbouring terrorists’ in its new policy on South Asia and Afghanistan, US ambassador David Hale met Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in Islamabad on Tuesday and hoped that a high level meeting between Pakistan and United States may take place in next few days.
“Ambassador Hale briefed the foreign minister about President Trump’s latest statement on the US policy review on South Asia and Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office announced in a statement.
Hale, according to the Foreign Office, conveyed that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looked forward to meeting Khawaja Muhammad Asif in the next few days to have an in-depth discussion on the state of play in the bilateral relationship as well as the new US policy on South Asia.
“The foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s perspective and desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the communiqué added.
Highlighting Pakistan’s immense sacrifices in the enduring fight against terrorism, the statement said, Asif underlined Pakistan’s continued desire to work with the international community to eliminate the menace of terrorism.


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