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Pak summons United States envoy, demands explanation over Trump's warning

13 Janvier 2018

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in his own tweet, wrote that his government was preparing a response that "will let the world know the truth".

He added that China is very pleased to see Pakistan involved in the foreign cooperation, counter-terrorism included, based on mutual respect for contributing to the regional stability and peace.

The U.S. pressure campaign sparked massive protests across Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale was summoned by the Foreign Ministry to explain the president tweet.

United States President Donald Trump on Monday began the new year by accusing Pakistan of giving Washington "nothing but lies and deceit", announcing that the country will not get any aid in future.

"They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", she said.

A wave of anger is sweeping Pakistan over President Donald Trump's tweet, prompting several analysts to express the fear that bilateral relations might be irreparably damaged unless it is controlled immediately.

Following the tweet, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Trump's comments were motivated by U.S. failures in Afghanistan. "No more!" Trump posted on the micro-blogging site yesterday.

Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in the Indian Prime Minister's office, said Trump's posturing has "vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terrorism is concerned".

In August, Trump warned that Pakistan had "much to lose" if it failed to cooperate with the Afghanistan. The US president vowed to stop providing financial aid for Pakistan.

Nauert said secretary of state Rex Tillerson and defence secretary Jim Mattis, who visited Pakistan in the last couple of months, had conveyed the same message to Pakistani leadership. "We are feeling sorry they are not happy, but we will not compromise on our dignity anymore", said Asif.

Washington has confirmed it will withhold $255 million in USA military aid to Pakistan this year, a threat it issued last August when Trump announced his Afghan policy, which took aim at neighboring Pakistan and demanded an end to Islamabad's alleged support for the Afghan Taliban.

The Indian-American diplomat said the aid issue was connected exclusively to Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists.

Pak summons United States envoy, demands explanation over Trump's warning