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Tensions Do Exist in Pak-US Ties: US State Department

WASHINGTON - US State Department s spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday while acknowledging concerns asserted that a state of tension exist in the ties of Pakistan and United States.

During a department press briefing in Washington, Nauert maintained that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had some meaningful and important meetings with the new government of Pakistan.

“The US is looking forward to forging a relationship with that new government, recognizing that there are, of course, some tensions and some areas where we – or the government can work harder,” she said.

“And so those were the types of meetings that we had and we were pleased to have gone,” she concluded while replying to a query.

“During his meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pompeo welcomed the smooth transition of power to a new civilian government stressing the importance of strong democratic institutions and also expressed hope for deeper counter terrorism cooperation between our nations,” the statement added.

While meeting his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi,Pompeo discussed the potential for the United States and Pakistan to collaborate in order to advance joint priorities, including regional peace and stability and reiterated the value of strong people-to-people links between the two nations, built on decades of educational and cultural exchanges.

Felicitating the Prime Minister on the formation of his new government, the US Secretary acknowledged and welcomed the further strengthening of civilian institutions. Mike Pompeo also emphasisied the importance of the US-Pakistan relationship, and underscored areas of shared interest and values such as the expansion of two-way trade and commercial ties.

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