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USA and Pakistani officials say neither has happened, and in conversations over the past week the two sides have tried to move past Trump's incendiary rhetoric.

The US aid suspension was announced days after Trump tweeted on January 1 that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over 15 years and was rewarded with "nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

Gen Joseph Votel ssured Pakistan's Gen Bajwa that the problems in ties between the two countries were temporary; there would be no unilateral action and U.S. wanted cooperation from Islamabad on areas of its concern. There has been speculation the USA military might undertake drone strikes deep inside Pakistan to target suspected hideouts of the Taliban and the allied Haqqani network.

Gen Votel further said that the "on-going turbulence " around a tweet by Donald Trump suspending aid to the country was "a temporary phase".

For his part Bajwa told Votel that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the United States statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat". These included that "the problems in ties were temporary, there would be no unilateral action against Pakistan and that the U.S. did not want a disruption in ties rather it wanted cooperation from Islamabad on areas of its concern".


He also said that Pakistan would not seek to unfreeze the funding, but does "expect honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against terrorism". "We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward".

Trump has been less charitable towards Pakistan.

Officials said the administration had frozen payments from the "coalition support fund" set aside to reimburse Pakistani spending on counter-terror operations, worth $900 million.

"Pakistan had nothing to do with it", he said, adding that he supported co-operation with the U.S. but not co-opting Pakistan's military into a ground battle with its own people in the tribal regions that border Afghanistan.

Should he become the prime minister, PTI chief said "yes we would talk", referring to Trump, but added that the USA dishonours the memory of thousands of Pakistani soldiers who died battling militants, as well as that of tens of thousands of Pakistanis who died in terrorist attacks.


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