Donald Trump says US, Pakistan starting real relationship, Delhi takes stock

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

Donald Trump said that U.S. "is beginning to develop better relationship with Pakistan and its leadership".

Referring to the rescue mission carried out with the help of American intelligence, Trump said his country is "starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its government".

Trump's remark came after a high-level delegation from the USA visited Pakistan on October 13, to fix the strained bilateral ties between the two countries.

American citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle along with their three children were rescued from the Haqqani network on Friday after an operation by Pakistani forces based on intelligence from the U.S. authorities.

"This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan".

It is worth to mention here that a day after two foreign nationals along with their three children were rescued by the Pakistan Army USPresident has said, "I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts".

The couple was abducted by the Haqqani network in 2012 while they were on a tour to Afghanistan.

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This was the first high-level USA delegation's visit to Pakistan after Trump had criticised Pakistan for providing "safe havens" to terrorists, while unveiling the new strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan. They had three children while in captivity.

These developments have in a way also exposed the limitations of India's campaign to isolate Pakistan internationally which saw the government recently describing the hostile neighbour as "terroristan" at the UNGA last month.

Pakistan's foreign deputy minister has said following the USA delegation visit from Pakistan, Islamabad and Washington agreed to resume bilateral talks on Afghanistan war.

Pakistan had reacted strongly to the allegations made by the United States president and rejected the claims that the country is providing safe havens to terrorists. "Pakistan is a critical ally in fighting against terrorists", he said in a tweet. Pence's comments on Pakistan came as he listed out some of the key achievements of the Trump administration at the worldwide stage.

"That was a surprise to us", the official said.

Over the year the President has given Pakistan a tough time where he condemned the nation for supporting terrorism. "The President is achieving real results on the worldwide stage, as well", he said.

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