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Pakistan to rejoin suspended US military training

WASHINGTON: The United States will allow Pakistan to rejoin a two-year suspended military training program after President Donald Trump froze the country’s security assistance.

It is a sign of improving relations between Washington and Islamabad to restart the initiative, which represents only a part of the stopped assistance.

In July, Trump met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, and the US accepted Pakistani aid in talks with the Afghan Taliban on several occasions.

According to a US State Department spokesperson, the freeze “authorized narrow exceptions for programs that support vital US national security interests.”

Islamabad has denied accusations leveled by the US administration and at the time called it “counterproductive” to threaten security aid, which Trump froze prior to PM Khan´s election in August 2018.

The US administration “has approved the resumption of the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program for Pakistan as one such exception, subject to congressional approval,” the spokesperson said.

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