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Diplomatic squabble as United States rejects Pakistan's claim about Pompeo-Imran phone call

26 August 2018, 12:14 | Tara Lloyd

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. Reuters

Imran Khan

A telephone conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has stirred up controversy, with Islamabad calling Washington's account of the discussion "factually incorrect".

Among other issues which were discussed in the second cabinet meet of Imran Khan's government, it ordered an audit of all mega transport projects carried out in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces which were sanctioned during the previous government.

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".

Pompeo congratulated Khan on Thursday and expressed his willingness to work with the new government to improve bilateral ties between the two countries. The Foreign Office further clarified that there was "no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan".

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The US State Department readout of the call said Mr Pompeo wished Khan success and also asked Mr Khan to take "decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan".

However, Pakistan's Foreign Office described the State Department's press release as "factually incorrect".

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"The conversation between the secretary of state and the prime minister of Pakistan, you will be surprised to know.was a very good conversation. This shd be immediately corrected", he added.

It was decided that the Prime Minister would use the official aircraft only for domestic tours and not for foreign visits.

The relations between Pakistan and the U.S. nose-dived after President Donald Trump in January said that Islamabad gave nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

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