Kerala floods: Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers assistance

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Pakistan to take "decisive action" against all terrorists operating in the country.

But on Friday, Pakistan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi refuted the U.S. statement, echoing similar objections raised by other Pakistani officials.

However, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert indicated there would be no correction in response to Pakistan's complaint. Secretary Pompeo spoke with Imran Khan and expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship.

"The statement issued by the State Department was contrary to the facts", Qureshi said.

"The impression that has been given in their press release, which mentions terrorists operating in Pakistan, is in contrast with reality".

She added that Washington stands by its readout.

The U.S. State Department readout of the call said Pompeo wished Khan success and also asked Khan to take "decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan".

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan offered humanitarian assistance to flood-stricken Kerala on Thursday.


"They (Pakistan) are an important partner".

When asked again by a reporter if the USA government continues to stand by the readout, she said: "We stand by our readout".

However, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) completely rejected the statement, calling it "factually incorrect". "This should be corrected immediately".

According to reports, the newly constituted Imran Khan's cabinet during its second meeting banned the discretionary use of state funds of the Prime Minister, federal ministers, members of the National assembly.

The relations between Pakistan and the United States nose-dived after President Donald Trump in January said that Islamabad gave nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

Pakistan's persistent tensions with the U.S.in recent years have encouraged China to deepen ties with its traditional ally, while Russian Federation is also enhancing and expanding relations with its former rival South Asian country.

The Pakistani foreign minister said Pakistan's "strained ties" with the USA have seen highs and lows and that the new government is determined to work to improve the relationship.


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