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PM Abbasi meets Congressman Ted Yoho, US officials in Washington


The statement by Trump administration has comes following the meeting between Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and United State's Vice President Mike Pence.

Diplomatic observers in Washington view the Pence-Abbasi meeting as a continuation of their talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY a year ago.

Pakistan and the United States are eager to "stay engaged" and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists. Abbasi, who is on a private visit to the US, met Pence on March 16 at his residence in the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. The meeting was held on Pakistan's request.

Relations between Pakistan and United States have been strained since December past year after President Donald Trump issued a stinging warning to Islamabad to be more proactive on the War on Terror and to stop giving sanctuary to known terror elements such as the Haqqani Network, the Afghan Taliban, the Quetta Shura, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

For his part, Abbasi apprised Pence of Pakistan's "sacrifices and successes" in the fight against terrorism and believed his meeting with the vice president was "positive", according to a report by Geo TV.




The prime minister also met Congressman Ted Yoho, who is the chairperson of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

South Asia observers have noted that Pence sought action by Pakistan against all terrorists operating from safe havens on its territory and not just the Taliban and its affiliate the Haqqani Network.

Top US leaders doubled down on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during their meetings here Saturday in which they vociferously declared that the Trump administration could take "decisive action" to take out militants.

"The prime minister assured the USA leader that no other state wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan does, as it will be a direct beneficiary of this peace", said a source. "Six months after the announcement of the South Asia Policy, Pakistan is yet to take the kind of decisive actions that the United States is seeking", one of the officials was quoted as saying by the Dawn. "We had a good discussion on all the issues concerning the US-Pakistan relationship", Congressman Sherman said. USA officials noted that Pakistan had been encouraging the Taliban to participate in the reconciliation process, as Washington desires. "There have been regular interactions between the two governments", said a non-Pakistani diplomatic source when asked to explain why Pakistan felt the need to ask for this meeting.

"We continue to make very specific requests, and when provided with very specific information, they have responded", he said.

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