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December 2, 2016
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Pak-US relations ‘quite complicated’: White House

Pak-US relations ‘quite complicated’: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest has noted that the relationship between Pakistan and US was ‘quite complicated’ and got more so after US conducted a raid into Pakistan that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

In a media briefing, Josh Earnest said US relations with Pakistan, particularly on national security, are ‘quite complicated’, adding that over the past eight years such ties could not remain smooth persistently.

The spokesman said he could not give any response on the accuracy and tone of the conversation between US President-elect Donald Trump and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He added that Trump’s team would be contacted for clarification in this regard.

Replying to a question, Earnest said, “Once, President Obama had expressed his wish to visit Pakistan, however, due to some reasons he could not visit there.”

In the past, every US President sought advice and benefitted enormously from the expertise of the officials at State Department before meeting with world leaders, he said and added that Donald Trump would also do so after taking charge.

He said that there were dedicated experts and public servants at the State Department that had years of experience.

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