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US secretary of state to visit Pakistan next month

WASHINGTON:    US secretary of state Mike Pompio  is likely to visit Islamabad next month and he will meet Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan. 

According to international media reports, Pompio will undertake visit of Pakistan enroute to  India on September 05. 

He will exchange views with Imran Khan on US-Pak ties during the meeting. He is  the first foreign diplomat  who will meet newly elected PM Imran Khan who had taken oath of his office on August 18. 
Following the victory of PTI during general election, US had announced to work together with newly elected government of 	Pakistan. 

As per statement issued by US state department spokesperson  “ we are looking forward the way to work together with the elected representatives of Pakistan for security, stability and prosperity of South Asia. 
It may  be recalled that Pakistan-US relations had gone tense at the start of this year when US president Ronald Trump criticized Islamabad in his twitter message on January 01 saying “ we committed folly by extending financial assistance of 33 million dollars during the last 15 years and in return Pakistan gave us nothing more than deception and lies. Later US started launching measures with reference to suspension of aid to Pakistan. 

US state department announced to suspend security assistance to Pakistan and Pakistan was included in special watch list meant for the countries committing gross violation  of religious liberties norms. 
On the occasion US state department spokesperson Heather Nauert  had said that assistance to Pakistan would remain suspended till operation against Haqqani network and Afghan Taliban. 

On the other hand Pakistan while brushing aside US allegations had said that Pakistan had rendered more sacrifices than any other country in war on terrorism but US wanted to place the burden of its failures on Pakistan. 

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