'Trust deficit' between Islamabad, Washington: Pak FM
ANI | Updated: Oct 26, 2017 10:54 IST
"Yes, there is a trust deficit, but we are talking," Asif said, adding that there was a willingness on both sides to bridge this deficit .
Tillerson made his inaugural visit to Pakistan after Trump accused the country of providing "safe havens" to the terrorists .
Tillerson reiterated United States President Donald Trump's message that Islamabad must increase its efforts to eradicate the militants and terrorists operating within the country .
Addressing the accusation by the U .S . and Afghanistan that Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorists who plan attacks on Kabul, Asif blamed the 'ineptitude' of America and international forces there for not ending the conflict .
"They do not need our territory anymore . Almost 40 per cent of Afghan territory is now under the direct control of the Taliban," the Foreign Minister added .
He also dismissed the possibility of economic sanctions by the U .S . in case it does not tackle the issue of Taliban, saying that Pakistan only received "a trickle" of economic assistance from America .
"We do not get any military hardware from them [the U .S .] . We are not like in the past when we were their proxy," Asif said . (ANI)