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Pakistan today said it was "engaged" with the US on the issue of security cooperation, days after Washingtion suspended military aid worth nearly USD two billion to Islamabad for failing to rein-in terror groups operating from its soil.
US President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network.
On January 1, he tweeted that the US had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than USD 33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit."
Since then, Washington confirmed it will withhold USD 255 million in US military aid to Pakistan.
Commenting on US-Pakistan ties and their cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Pakistan Foriegn Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said it required mutual respect and trust alongwith perseverance.
Emergence of new and more deadly groups such as the Islamic State in Afghanistan, require enhancement and strengthening of international cooperation.
"Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats," Faisal, said, repeating his statement made earlier.
"We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details," he told reporters at a briefing.
He said Pakistan was "determined" to continue to do all that is necessary to secure the lives of its citizens and ensure broader stability in the region.
"We believe that our efforts have helped decimate Al- Qaeda and other terrorist groups who took advantage of ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan and posed a common threat to peace and stability," he said.
"We have repeatedly said that Pakistan will take action on the basis of any actionable intelligence/ information provided to us," he said.
"Pakistan's support to the US has been critical in dealing with the challenges of terrorism in the region. Both sides understand the importance of the lines of communication," he said.
"The Foreign Minister was expressing his frustration at the unwarranted US accusations against Pakistan and the unilateral decision to suspend the security assistance, despite Pakistan's extra-ordinary sacrifices and contribution in the war against terrorism," he said.
The "provocative" statements by the US leadership notwithstanding, Pakistan's response has been "measured", as we believe that continued Pak-US cooperation is important for the stability of the region, especially Afghanistan, he added.
Commenting on the US decision to suspend Pakistan's security assistance, he said it was a "unilateral step", which would have its negative implications for the stability of the region.
"On our part, we have stated that we do not seek US assistance. Pakistan's commitment to continue its counter- terrorism and law enforcement actions throughout the country will continue in our national interest, irrespective of any suspension of foreign assistance," he said.