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Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Taliban chief sends delegation to Islamabad to explore ways for peace talks

Taliban chief sends delegation to Islamabad to explore ways for peace talks

Khawaja added that Islamabad's relations with Washington hit new low after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of delivering "lies and deceit" in lieu of $33 billion aid in last fifteen years.

The foreign minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif said that Pakistan is making sure to maintain a balance in its relationship with the USA and the government has made it clear that Islamabad can live without US' help but will not compromise on national integrity.

Early this month, the U.S. freezed almost United States dollars 2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan arguing that Islamabad is not taking any decisive action against terrorists operating from its soil.

"We really are going to work toward a peace process, with the goal being that we do not want Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorism anymore", she said.

A senior US official said Wednesday the Trump administration's Afghanistan strategy is working.

"They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behavior", Haley said. The United States recently froze payments of military aid to Pakistan, citing its alleged failure to act against militants. However, White House defended Trump's remarks.

The US has conveyed to Pakistan that the military training component of the aid would continue despite suspension of the security assistance package, media reports said on Thursday.

White House stands by the comments the president made in the tweet, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded by saying "yes".

While the IMET would continue, the U.S. has frozen the aid provided under the programmes that are more important to Pakistan, particularly the Foreign Military Financing (FMF).

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