WASHINGTON: State Department’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein said that the United States is “hopeful that Pakistan will come back to the table” and assist in US efforts to combat terrorism.
“We stand ready to work with Pakistan in combating all terrorists without distinction, and we hope to be able to renew and deepen our bilateral security relationship when Pakistan demonstrates its willingness to aggressively confront the Taliban network, the Haqqani Network, and other terrorist and militant groups that operate from its territory,” he said.
The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said.
“We would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist us in this effort,” he said adding that the suspension of security aid is not a cutoff and no funds have been reprogrammed.
The US announced on Thursday that it would not deliver military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan.
On Monday, a Pentagon spokesman said the US had conveyed to Pakistan to take “concrete steps” against terror groups to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.
Referring to his conversation with the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Goldstein hoped that Pakistan will join the US in its effort with regard to fight against terrorism.