US values its relationship and partnership with Pakistan: Trump administration

Vastavam web: The US values its relationship and partnership with Pakistan, the Trump administration has said, days after Islamabad suspended official visits and talks with Washington to protest against President Donald Trump’s criticism of it for providing safe havens to militants.Pakistan this week postponed at least three meetings with the Trump administration. A meeting of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also cancelled.Asif on Monday said suspension of official visits and talks are a mark of protest against Trump’s criticism towards it.
Trump last week warned Pakistan of continued presence of terrorist safe havens and support to terrorist organisations.”We continue to value our partnership with Pakistan and look forward to scheduling meetings at a mutually convenient time,” a State Department spokesperson told.”It is particularly significant that the president indicated US involvement going forward would be based on strategic considerations rather than arbitrary timelines, and that he emphasised increasing pressure on Pakistan to eliminate terror safe havens as well as working with our allies and partners in the region,” he said yesterday.In a recent interview to PBS News, a former State Department official Laurel Miller said that the Trump’s Afghan policy is going to significantly antagonise the Pakistanis.