Pompeo to toe hard line in Pakistan; no plan to resume halted U.S. aid

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U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

(Worthy News) - U.S. officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will toe a hard line with Pakistan’s new government when he visits Islamabad this week, roughly nine months after President Trump halted security aid to the South Asian nation on grounds it gives “safe haven to terrorists.”

Mr. Pompeo and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are slated Wednesday to hold the first high-level meetings with the newly-elected government of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan before heading Thursday to India, where they’ll be joined by Defense Secretary James Mattis for meetings with Indian leaders.

Analysts say the Pakistan visit presents a chance for Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Dunford to hammer home the message that Mr. Trump has no intention of softening his stance on security assistance for Islamabad. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]

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