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Trump's First Tweets of 2018 About Pakistan, Iran

July 20 2018, 08:33 | Irvin Gilbert

Imran Khan slammed Washington's decision to cut aid to Islamabad

US President Trump working on agenda of Pakistan's enemies says Imran Khan

"Iran is failing at every level despite the bad deal made with them by the Obama Administration", Trump said on Monday in a tweet, The Hill reported.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after holding wide-ranging talks, said Islamabad needed to take concrete action against terror groups to ensure peace and security in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.

After recent reports that the Donald Trump administration was considering cutting off aid to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump slammed the country, saying that the US had "foolishly" given Pakistan $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years.

The tweet brought a quick and pointed rejoinder from Pakistan, which said it had done much for the United States, helping it to "decimate" Al-Qaeda, while getting only "invective & mistrust" in return.

Earlier this month, Trump had already hinted that he may cut off the aid for good. "They have to help", he said in unveiling his national security strategy.

Instead of letting the differences heal, the United States president wrote his first tweet of 2018 in the form of a rant against Pakistan.

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But if anyone had been hoping that the president might consider giving up tweeting for his New Year's Resolution, they didn't have to wait long to be disappointed.

Islamabad has repeatedly denied the accusations of turning a blind eye to militancy, lambasting the United States for ignoring the thousands who have been killed on its soil and the billions spent fighting extremists.

The New York Times reported on December 29 that US officials had sought but been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network captured in Pakistan who potentially could provide information about at least one American hostage.

When asked about the government's stance if the USA conducts drone attacks in settled areas of the country, the foreign minister said that the country will defend its sovereignty.

She has recently ruled out any possibility any India-Pakistan cricket matches, pointing the 800 border violations by Pakistan this year.

The remarks triggered a series of high-level diplomatic meetings in the U.S. and Pakistan, but Islamabad has given few signs of concessions.

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