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Pak is a critical and vital partner to US' South Asia strategy: Pentagon

Pentagon differs with the views of President Trump on Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 


Pakistan remains a critical partner to America's strategy, the said on Monday, a day after said that Islamabad was not doing "a damn thing" for the US.

In an interview to a television news channel on Sunday, Trump had defended his administration's decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan for not doing enough to curb terrorism and criticised Islamabad for offering a hideout to Al Qaeda chief in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

"The US and Pakistan have a strong mutual interest in the region. As you know, they are critical (and) vital to the strategy and including the facilitation of a peace process that would lead to a stable and peaceful Afghanistan," Col Rob Manning, Director of Defense Press Operations, told reporters during an off-camera news conference.

"They remain a critical partner in our strategy and there's been no change to our military-to-military relationship with Pakistan, Manning said, responding to question about the series of tweets by Trump and his interview to that Pakistan has done nothing for the

"I do not have any announcement on any change to the military to military relationship we have with Pakistan," Manning said, when asked that his answers reflects that the differs with the views of Trump on Pakistan.

First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 01:05 IST