Pakistan seeks US ‘immediate correction’ on readout over PM Imran and Pompeo telephonic conversation

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign office of Pakistan on Thursday demanded in a statement an ‘immediate correction’ from the US on the ‘factually incorrect’ readout after the phone call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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“There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal.

According to US, Pompeo pressed new Pak PM Imran to take “decisive action” against “terrorists” operating in Pakistan in their first conversation a day earlier.

Pompeo wished Khan success in the wake of his being sworn in as prime minister in Islamabad Saturday following victory in July 25´s elections, said Nauert in a staement.

“Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship,” US State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert claimed.

He also “raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process,'” she further added

When pressed to issue clarification whether the US going to correct itself or the Pakistani government is wrong, she replied, ‘We stand by our readout.’

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