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Pakistan foreign minister meets PM after Trump’s remarks on aid, says report

The report said Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also discussed the country’s foreign policy.

world Updated: Jan 01, 2018 20:12 IST
Press Trust of India, Islamabad
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Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. (AFP file)

Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Monday called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit”, a media report said.

“The meeting held a detailed review of the Trump’s statement,” the Geo TV reported, citing its sources.

It said the two leaders also discussed the country’s foreign policy.

“We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah...Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..,” Asif tweeted.

In a scathing attack, Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” in return for $33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided “safe haven” to terrorists.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a strongly worded tweet.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year.

This is the strongest attack that has come from the US president. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the US is considering withholding $225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter’s reluctance in the war against terrorism.

First Published: Jan 01, 2018 20:11 IST