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China, Russia assure support to Pakistan after Trump's terror snub

The ties between Pakistan and the US deteriorated after US President Donald Trump in August criticised Islamabad for providing safe havens to terrorists

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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and have assured at the diplomatic level that they would veto any US move in the United Nations to slap economic sanctions on over failure to eliminate safe havens, according to a media report on Wednesday.

The ties between and the US deteriorated after US President Donald Trump in August criticised for providing safe havens to

The Express Tribune and its sister publication Daily Express reported that the US has hinted at imposing sanctions on Pakistani officials allegedly having links with militants.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had warned on Monday that any targeted sanctions against Pakistani officials would not help in US counter-efforts.

The Express Tribune reported that has been in contact with two veto-wielding powers - and - who have opposed the American policy of putting undue pressure on Pakistan.

The two key world players have assured of every possible support at all forums, it said.

Pakistan would also approach other Western nations, especially France and the United Kingdom, to drive home its viewpoint, according to report.

Islamabad-based diplomatic sources told Daily Express that foreign policy wizards, security officials and top government functionaries have been brainstorming to chart out new policy vis-a-vis Washington.

It has been decided that Pakistan would phase out its dependence on the United States. And high-level contacts with Washington would be restored only after the Trump administration acquiesced to assuage Pakistan's legitimate concerns on the new US strategy for Afghanistan and beyond.

There has been no top level contact between Trump's aides and Pakistani officials since the inauguration of the new US strategy, though US Ambassador David Hale has met senior Pakistani civil and military leaders in an attempt to soothe frayed tempers in Islamabad.

Pakistan has started approaching key and regional players to garner their support in the wake of scathing criticism from In this context,

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has already launched a diplomatic offensive to garner support for Pakistan. He travelled to China, Iran and Turkey this week.

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 16:42 IST