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Pakistan Holds Emergency Meeting After Trump's Criticism

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 January 2018 05:04 PM

President Donald Trump's New Year's Day blast at Pakistan for harboring Taliban terrorists prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, CNN reported.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by Pakistan's foreign, interior, and defense ministers, as well as the chiefs of staff of the Pakistan airforce, army, and navy, CNN reported.

In a statement following the meeting, the Council expressed "deep disappointment" at recent U.S. leadership comments, which it said were "completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation," CNN reported.

It said there had been close interaction with the United States following Trump's initial policy statements regarding South Asia, and that recent visits to Pakistan by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis were "robust and forward-looking."

The Council also claimed Pakistan's counterterrorism campaign had, at great financial cost, "served as a bulwark against the possible expansion of scores of terrorist organizations currently present in Afghanistan — a fact acknowledged by U.S. authorities at the highest levels," CNN reported.

Following the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif offered to pay for Trump to carry out an audit on his claim that Pakistan had received $33 billion in U.S. aid over the past 15 years.

"He can hire a U.S.-based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving," Asif tweeted. 

The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale, was called to meet with senior officials at the foreign ministry after Trump's tweet.

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