Donald Trump starting to develop 'much better' relationship with Pakistan

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

How does New Delhi view this?

He further said Pakistan and other countries have started to have respect for the U.S. again. This could form part of the discussions between Indian officials and leaders when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits India in the last week of October.

"We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations", Trump had said in a statement soon after news about the rescue operation surfaced in the media.

The two countries still have conflicting interests - and the Trump administration's vow to apply more diplomatic pressure on Pakistan is unlikely to work, given Islamabad's growing alliance with regional heavyweight China, say analysts.

Trump said Pakistan cooperation with USA in such moves indicates that Islamabad is starting to respect Washington and to carry efforts to secure the region.

The deteriorated relations started mending after U.S. vice president and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in NY where both high ups agreed to restore ties through negotiations. "Pakistan is a critical ally in fighting against terrorists", he said in a tweet.

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"That was a surprise to us", the official said.

Pakistan Army recently rescued a US-Canadian couple and their three children through an intelligence-based operation.

This rescue mission, Kanwal said, also plays well with Trump's domestic constituency and earns him some points on that account, by saving some American lives.

In making that remark, Tillerson seemed to echo Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, who had described Pakistan as a key regional player while warning the U.S. against putting Islamabad under pressure.

Earlier in the day, U.S. vice president Mike Pence also praised Pakistan in helping the United States secure the release its citizens. "The President is achieving real results on the worldwide stage, as well", he said.

Apparently, a development that proved a milestone in repairing the relation is safe recovery of a an American-Canadian family, who had been held captive since 2012 by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

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