US National Security Council Official’s Visit To Pakistan
Visit of US National Security Council Official To Pakistan: The dialogues between the United States of America and Pakistan are going on behind the screen. It is reported that a senior United States National Security Council official has been quietly visiting the Federal Capital of Pakistan. It is also reported that both sides are making more behind-the-scenes efforts which are aimed at fixing the strains in ties to avoid a complete breakdown of the increasingly dysfunctional relationship between the two countries.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua met Lisa Curtis, the Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council of US at MoFA this morning, Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal tweeted. However, no further details of the meeting were provided in the tweet of the Dr Mohammad Faisal.
According to Associated Press of Pakistan, Curtis called on Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal however what was conveyed by the US official during the meeting was not made public yet. It was only reported that Lisa Curtis held talks with the interior minister and foreign secretary. According to a statement issued after the meeting between Curtis and Iqbal, various matters of mutual interests came under discussion.
The FO spokesman had previously shared at the weekly briefing that Pakistan and the United States were trying to find common ground in their bilateral relations which are happening outside public glare.
The secret dialogue between the two countries had commenced soon after the US suspended military assistance that was followed by US President Donald Trump’s tweet at the outset of the new year accusing Pakistan of lies and deceit. The dialogue that began between Pentagon and GHQ is believed to be continuing at the same level.
The frosty Pak-US ties last week became more cold when the US along with its allies including the United Kingdom, France and Germany successfully sponsored a move to get Pakistan on international counter-illicit financing watchdog’s grey list.