Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a press conference, “US security aid to Pakistan is still suspended at this time.”
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan (File Photo)
Security assistance given by the US to Pakistan has been suspended. The US Defense Ministry Pentagon has informed about this. This aid was suspended by Donald Trump’s previous administration. The Pentagon said on Monday that Defense Minister Lloyd Austin spoke to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. At the same time, American NSA Jack Sullivan met his Pakistani counterpart in Geneva.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a press conference, “US security aid to Pakistan is still suspended at this time.” I will not speculate in one way or another whether this will change in the future or not. Kirby was answering the question whether the new Biden administration has reviewed the policy in relation to the previous Trump administration. Has there been any change in this or whether the issue has been raised during talks with Pakistani leadership or not.
Trump raised questions on Pakistan’s role against terror
Former US President Donald Trump suspended all security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018. Trump argued that he was not satisfied with Pakistan’s cooperation in the fight against terrorism and its role in it. Kirby said that earlier in the day, Austin discussed general regional issues and objectives with General Bajwa. He said, during the call, Austin praised Pakistan’s support for the Afghanistan peace talks. In addition, expressed a desire to increase US-Pakistan bilateral relations.
Sullivan and Yusuf met in Geneva
Lloyd Austin said in a tweet, ‘I reiterated my appreciation for US-Pakistan relations and my desire to continue working together to advance regional security and stability.’ At the same time, Sullivan met his Pakistani counterpart Moeed Yusuf in Geneva. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horn said the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest and ways to pursue practical cooperation. They agreed to continue the dialogue in the future.
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