Pak will continue to have engagement with US: Janjua
Karachi: Pakistan has said it will continue to have engagement with the US "as far as possible" despite the Trump administration suspending over $2 billion in military assistance citing Islamabad's failure to clamp down on terror groups in the country.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said that Pakistan needs to continue to have a "measured response" to all the rhetoric coming out of the US, the Dawn reported.
"As far as possible Pakistan wants to engage with the US because it is not only a global power but also has its presence in the region, and for us it's almost our neighbour," she said delivering a lecture on 'Pakistan s Foreign Policy Issues at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi.
In reply to a question, the foreign secretary said President Trump's tweet on January 1 could be well thought out or he was just being his impulsive self, or it could be a result of any other reason such as the fact that the US is not doing well in Afghanistan. She said Trump's tweet on January 1 came for "many reasons" and Pakistan is trying to analyse why the president's scathing remarks came.
Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years. The Trump administration has suspended about $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan for failing to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network terror groups and dismantle their safe havens.