Pompeo-Imran phone call starts diplomatic tiff

Pompeo-Imran phone call starts diplomatic tiff

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A congratulatory phone call made by US Secretary of State Pompeo to newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Khan has started a diplomatic tiff. The countries offered conflicting accounts of what the pair discussed.

Pakistan on Friday accused the United States of misrepresenting a phone call between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The US State Department described the call as “good,” with both men expressing a willingness to strengthen bilateral relations. It also said Pompeo “raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists” operating in the country. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, however, rejected that account as “factually inaccurate” and demanded it be “immediately corrected.”
“There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Twitter. -DW

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