ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua begins a crucial visit to the United States on Wednesday as part of the latest push by the two sides in attempts to rescue their uncertain alliance. However, the visit appears to be kept low profile since the foreign office did not issue any statement on it, according to a report by a private media outlet.
The foreign secretary’s week-long stay in Washington is scheduled to hold talks with senior White House and State Department officials. According to official sources, discussions would focus on the current conundrum in bilateral ties and how the two sides could come to a decisive ground on Afghan saga.
The foreign secretary will brief the Trump administration about the steps Pakistan had taken in the war against terrorism. She will also raise Pakistan’s concerns, which includes presence of anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan and growing footprints of Indian secret agencies with the US government.
The US has adopted a tough policy towards Pakistan since Trump took over the White House. The Trump administration continues to build pressure on Pakistan to do more in the war against terror.
The Oval office recently indicated that it does not wish to abandon ties with Islamabad despite America suspending security assistance and moving the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against Pakistan.
The CENCTOM chief General Josph Votel said that the military ties between Pakistan and the United States were not affected by the ongoing tensions between the two countries.