26 August, 2018
Pakistan has disputed Washington's account of a phone call between new Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, denying that there was any discussion on militants operating in Pakistan. As per Pakistan's Foreign Office, Pompeo, while discussing other issues of interest had only congratulated Imran Khan.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is supposed to visit Pakistan in September.
In one of the initial moves after becoming the Prime Minister, Imran Khan said that his government will support any positive steps to improve relations with India.
"The impression that has been given in their press release, which mentions terrorists operating in Pakistan, is in contrast with reality".
"I can only say we stand by our readout", Nauert told a news conference on Thursday, calling Pakistan "an important partner" in the region.
Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today's phone call btwn PM Khan & Sec Pompeo.
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A report seeking a ban on foreign tours of ministers, advisers and secretaries would also be presented, Geo News reported. "They had a good call", she said at a press briefing.
This response comes after Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal rejected the statement issued by the U.S. saying there was no mention of the "terrorists operating in the country" during the telephonic conversation.
The US Secretary of State felicitated Imran Khan on his success in the general election and formation of government in Pakistan.
The relations between Pakistan and the USA nose-dived after President Donald Trump in January said that Islamabad gave nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.
Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated since US President Donald Trump's administration began taking a hard line on Afghanistan previous year.