US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a phone call to take "decisive action" against "terrorists" operating in Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday (Aug 23).
The Pakistani media this week reported that Pompeo is likely to visit Islamabad in the first week of September to hold talks with newly-elected Prime Minister Khan.
He announced that Pompeo is expected to visit Islamabad on September 5, adding: "We believe the early interaction (between the two sides) will prove beneficial".
The Trump Administration has been at loggerheads with Pakistan after the American president's New Year's tweet, accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists.
He added that Pompeo congratulated the prime minister and expressed his wish for "constructive engagement and productive bilateral relationship with the new government".
The U.S. readout of the call stated that Pompeo "raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan".
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In a Twitter post late on Thursday, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson for Pakistan's foreign ministry, called the Department of State's press release "factually incorrect" and urged an immediate correction.
The Prime Minister said this during telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
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The US Secretary of State felicitated Imran Khan on his success in the general election and formation of government in Pakistan. "This should be immediately corrected".
Khan is well known for his criticism of US military policy in Afghanistan, but he said after winning elections last week that he seeks better relations with the United States after a series of aid cuts and the suspension of USA military training.
The controversy holds great importance, as it is the first formal contact between the USA and Pakistan after the new government in Islamabad has taken office.