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Upset with Trump, Pakistan draws new rules of engagement with Washington

Pakistan told Alice Wells just hours before her arrival in Islamabad on August 28, to put off her visit

ANI  |  Lahore {Pakistan] 

Donald Trump. Photo: PTI
Donald Trump. Photo: PTI

Highly upset with US President Donald Trump's accusations against of harbouring and supporting terrorists and playing spoilsport for establishing peace in Afghanistan, has set down new rules of engagement with

As per the new rules of Pakistan's foreign policy, "No US delegation would be entertained without mutual agreement and strict protocol will be maintained with US delegations according to their official status," the Foreign Office said.

"On the one hand, you literally humiliate us and undermine our sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, and at the same time, you expect us to entertain US delegations that too at the time of their choosing. This will not work anymore, strict protocol will be followed," The Express Tribune quoted a senior Foreign Office official, as saying.

Low-ranked US officials such as the assistant secretary of state will now not be given the privilege of calling on the president and prime minister of Pakistan, he said.

This became evident when told Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells just hours before her arrival in on August 28, to put off her visit.

"The apparent snub was a clear message to the United States that there would not be business as usual in the aftermath of the new roadmap unveiled by for on August 21 and could not be taken for granted any more," The Express Tribune quoted senior Foreign Office official as saying, who requested not to be named.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells made a sudden plan to visit , when she was supposed to undertake a tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to discuss the Trump administration's new strategy for

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 15:19 IST
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