Mutual interests to drive Pak-US ties forward: Foreign minister

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Capitol Hill in Washington US

The disclosure came ahead of an expected visit by U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the top USA military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad.

Qureshi said the matter will be taken up during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the country on September 5.

Due to its failure to fight and reign in Islamists militants, the USA cancelled $300 million in aid to Pakistan.

Mr. Faulkner noted that the 2018 Department of Defence (DoD) Appropriations Act, published on March 23, details $500 million was rescinded by the Congress.

The Information Minister said Pakistan wants to have cordial and cooperative relations with all the neighbours, including India and regional countries.

"We will sit and discuss this with him [Pompeo]. There will be exchanges", Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters late on Sunday night. "Our objective is that we move our relationship forward based on trust, respect and understanding".

The Coalition Support Fund is meant to reimburse the Pakistani military for counterterrorism efforts.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made the call during a news conference on Sunday where he clarified that the CSF blocked by the U.S. was part of reimbursement for the loss of lives and financial damages that Pakistan suffered while leading the fight against terrorism. This is our money.

Furthermore, he said that the reason behind the differences with the USA was its plan to give a role to India in Afghanistan while Islamabad and Washington were in agreement that the U.S. should leave a stable Afghanistan. "We did it for our betterment, which they had to reimburse".

The US has been pushing Pakistan to crack down on militant safe havens in the country, and announced a freeze on aid at the beginning of the year that an official said could be worth nearly US$2 billion.

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The US in January this year suspended more than 1.15 billion dollar security assistance to Pakistan, accusing it of harbouring terror groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network and showing unwillingness to take decisive actions against them.

Some analysts have said there is no real way to pressure Pakistan, which believes it is more important to keep Afghanistan out of India´s orbit than to clamp down on cross-border militancy.

In an editorial on Monday, Pakistan's English-language Dawn newspaper railed against the Trump administration's decision to halt the disbursement of funds.

A Pakistani official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he was unaware of a formal notification of the U.S. decision on assistance but said one was expected by the end of September.

The Pakistani government was critical of the move, with Sen.

Pompeo will be accompanied by top USA military officer, General Joseph Dunford, for talks with the Pakistani leadership.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has also accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism.

Pakistan has received more than $33 billion in USA assistance in the past 16 years, including more than $14 billion in Coalition Support Funds.

The suspension is part of a broader pullback in military aid for Pakistan announced by the Trump administration in January.

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