Pompeo’s maiden call to Imran Khan triggers controversy


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"Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by U.S. State Dept on today's phone call", the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Khan has also decided not to use a special plane for foreign visits; instead he will travel in business class. Pompeo names North Korea envoy True cost of rampant White House turnover: Inexperience breeds incompetence MORE and the country's new Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

In a press briefing, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to speculate on why the two sides had such a huge difference on their understanding about the call.

He said Pakistan also desired good neighborly relations with India and other countries. "We hope to forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government", she said. Qureshi said a State Department statement issued after the call was "contrary to the truth".

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"The United States concurs with the conclusions of the European Union Election Observation Mission, whose report notes that while there were positive changes to the legal framework for elections in Pakistan, these were overshadowed by restrictions on freedom of expression and unequal campaign opportunities", she said.

"As Pakistan's elected leaders form a new government, the United States will look for opportunities to work with them to advance our goals of security, stability, and prosperity in South Asia", Nauert said.

Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan, Dawn reported, quoting diplomatic and official sources in Pakistan.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have deteriorated since US President Donald Trump's administration began taking a hard line on Afghanistan previous year. Recently, Imran Khan had said that Islamabad was ready for any sort of assistance to help Kerala flood victims.

Evident in his words and actions is his wish to see Pakistan and India as peaceful neighbours who can have a bilateral relationship with an emphasis on finding solutions for issues that affect millions of people on both sides of the barbed, bloodied border. "I only said that we will put forward Pakistan's point of view effectively", he said.