Tehmina Janjua to hold dialogue with civil, military leadership


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will leave for the United States today (Wednesday) on a crucial visit as part of an attempt by both the countries to work together.
However, the visit appears to be kept low profile since the foreign office did not issue any statement on it. Officials privately confirmed Tehmina’s trip and cited it as an important diplomatic voyage.
The foreign secretary will brief the Trump administration about the steps Pakistan had taken in the war against terrorism. She will also raise Pakistan’s concerns, which includes presence of anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan and growing footprints of Indian secret agencies with the US government.
Foreign Secretary visits Washington just days after Lisa Curtis, a senior aide of President Trump, travelled to Islamabad in search of common ground in the fight against terrorism and particularly bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The US has adopted a tough policy towards Pakistan since Trump took over the White House. The Trump administration continues to build pressure on Pakistan to do more in the war against terror.
The Oval office recently indicated that it does not wish to abandon ties with Islamabad despite America suspending security assistance and moving the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against Pakistan.
The CENCTOM chief General Josph Votel said that the military ties between Pakistan and the United States were not affected by the ongoing tensions between the two countries.


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