Pakistan apprises USA to address concerns to move forward: FO

'Betrayed' Pakistan army chief won't ask for further US aid

Several U.S. officials have held talks with senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders to find what one called "common ground" after President Trump rebuked Pakistan in a series of tweets and then said the U.S. would no longer provide aid to Islamabad.

The comment comes after President Donald Trump's administration withheld nearly $2 billion in security aid from Pakistan for allegedly failing to take "decisive action" against Taliban militants targeting USA personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, according to the Associated Press.

Dr Faisal said Islamabad has also apprised Washington to help resolve the matter of Afghan refugees. The Pentagon declined comment on reports about a decision by Pakistan to cut-off intelligence sharing. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said that Votel in his call to Gen. Qamer Javed Bajwa reiterated Washington's concern about Afghans using Pakistan as a staging ground for attacks inside Afghanistan.

The US won't conduct unilateral anti-terror operations in Pakistan depsite President Donald Trump suspending American military aid and criticising Islamabad for "lies and deceit", a top American military commander has assured the Army Chief, Gen Qamar Bajwa.

"U.S. Central Command is in continuous communication with the Pakistan military, including recurring conversations between General Votel and Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Bajwa", a statement said. "We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward", Thomas told AFP.

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In a telling sign of his priorities for the year, Trump's first foreign policy tweet of 2018 slammed Pakistan and was soon thereafter followed up by the suspension of an estimated $900 million of military aid to the South Asian state. "No more!" he wrote in his New Year's Day tweet, referring to Pakistan. He added that US s "didn't disown Trump's tweets, but they also found it tough to explain how they would translate [into] policymaking".

The move, first announced by Trump in a New Year's Day tweet, sparked indignation in Pakistan, which has long denied the USA accusations of militant support, and accused Washington of dismissing the sacrifices it has made in the war on extremism.

"We've only suspended the aid; we have not reallocated the money", Goldstein said.

The downward spiral of US-Pakistani relations reminds people of what happened back in 2011 when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation killed 28 Pakistani troops and Islamabad responded by stopping the bloc's access to Afghanistan, forcing it rely on the much longer and costlier multimodal "Lapis Lazuli" corridor across the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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