Trump lauds Pak Army efforts


High level US team meets COAS
Observer Report


The United States (US) president Donald Trump hailed the effort of Pakistan army for the recovery of a foreigner family, who were abducted in 2012, and termed it a positive step.
“It is a positive moment in Pakistan and US ties,” US president said in his reaction over the recovery of the foreigners by Pakistan Army.
President Donald Trump told a crowd in Pennsylvania that “something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news.”
“This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now. The world is starting to respect us again, believe me,” Trump said appearing to point to Pakistan.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also offered “deep gratitude to the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Army for their cooperation” following the release of a Canadian husband his American wife and their three children.
In a statement received here tonight from State Department, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed that “President Donald Trump’s new South Asia strategy recognizes the important role Pakistan needs to play to bring stability and ultimately peace to the region.
Mr. Tillerson also added that “the United States is hopeful that Pakistan’s actions will further U.S.-Pakistan relationship marked by growing commitments to counterterrorism operations and stronger ties in all other respects.”
The State Department statement also added that the “United States Government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan.”
It is also a pleasant surprise to learn that their three children were subsequently born in captivity”. Both the American and Canadians hostages and their three children were recovered ‘safe and secure’ by Pakistani military in a coordinated security operation.
The Secretary of State also appreciated the role and efforts of U.S. Ambassador in Pakistan and added “I’m particularly proud of Ambassador Hale and his Mission Islamabad team for their engagement with Pakistan.”
Meanwhile a U.S. delegation comprising Ms. Lisa Curtis, Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Ambassador David Hale and senior officials called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ on Thursday.
The delegation members also appreciated and acknowledged Pak Army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in War on Terror.
The delegation briefed COAS on contours of US strategy in South Asia. Discussion focused on regional security situation including Afghanistan and how Pakistan has positively contributed towards peace and stability in the region.
COAS highlighted concerns of Pakistan regarding peace and stability in the region. He reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue its efforts for the sake of the future of Pakistan and in line with aspirations of Pakistani people.

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