Islamabad: Pakistan has asked the United States to ‘immediately correct’ a readout issued by the State Department in which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought decisive action against terrorism operating in the country from newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan. Also Read - Imran Khan UNGA 2020 Speech Almost Replica of 2019 litany
Taking to micro-blogging site, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted,”Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today’s phone call between PM Khan and Sec Pompeo. There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected.” Also Read - Leader of Pakistan Called For Action Against Those Who Incite Hate, Was he Referring to Himself? India at UNGA
As per Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Pompeo, while discussing other issues of interest had only congratulated Imran Khan. Also Read - Indian Delegate Walks Out of UNGA in Protest After Pakistan PM Imran Khan Raises Kashmir Issue
Contrary to Pakistan’s claims. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement had said that Pompeo, in his talks with Imran Khan, raised the importance of Pakistan taking “decisive action” against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished him success. Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process,” the statement read.
Earlier this week, the Pak media had reported that Pompeo is expected to visit Islamabad on September 5 to hold talks with newly-elected Prime Minister. Notably, Pompeo would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan, Dawn reported, quoting the diplomatic and official sources.