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Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Complains To Mike Pence Over US Wanting Greater Role For India In Afghanistan

"Prime Minister [Abbasi] shared Pakistan's concerns and views with regard to the US strategy for South Asia," it said.

21/09/2017 8:42 AM IST | Updated 21/09/2017 8:43 AM IST
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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has raised an objection with the US over President Donald Trump advocating a greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country's top diplomat said on Wednesday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday expressed concern over the greater role that Trump advocated for India in his new Afghan policy, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua said.

Janjua's meeting with Pence was the highest contact between the two countries since Donald Trump announced his new policy on Afghanistan and South Asia on 21 August in which he had warned Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.

Trump had also asked India to play a greater role in war-torn Afghanistan, much to the dislike of Pakistan.

In the meeting, the two sides resolved to remain engaged and carry forward the relationship that has been on a downward trajectory since the announcement of the US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the APP news agency reported.

"The meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA session in New York was held in a cordial atmosphere," a handout issued by the Foreign Office said.

"Prime Minister [Abbasi] shared Pakistan's concerns and views with regard to the US strategy for South Asia," it said.

Abbasi and Pence agreed to work together to carry forward the bilateral relationship and discussed matters relating to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

"It was agreed that the two countries would stay engaged with a constructive approach to achieve shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region," the FO statement said.

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