US, Pakistan to hold frank talks, says interior minister


WASHINGTON: Interior Min­i­ster Ahsan Iqbal has said that the United States and Pakistan will have a detailed and frank discussion on all relevant issues when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Islamabad later this month.

The minister’s remarks came hours after US President Donald Trump expressed his desire to build a much better relationship with Pakistan, also hinting that the two allies were already cooperating with each other on many fronts.

This was the second reconciliatory message for Pakistan from the US president in the last three days. In the recent past, Mr Trump has been very critical of Pakistan and in his Aug 21 speech, he also hinted at the possibility of imposing new sanctions on the country if it did not change the policies that Washington says encourage militancy in the region.

Trump says Pakistan’s cooperation is a sign it’s honouring America’s wishes for it to do more

But this changed on Thursday when working on a US tip Pakistan rescued an American woman, Caitlan Cole, and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, from the clutches of the militants.


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