Donald Trump showers praise on Pakistan, says both countries developing much better ties

15 October 2017, 08:52 AM

US President Donald Trump is full of praise for Pakistan. This is following his harsh criticism of the Pakistani leadership for its alleged support to global terrorism.    

Pakistan had helped in the rescue of an American-Canadian couple and their three children from the hold of the Haqqani network. 

“Our country is beginning to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their co-operation on many fronts,” Trump tweeted.

To recall, Trump on Friday had said that Pakistan took ‘tremendous advantage’ of the US over the years.

“Yesterday, things happened with Pakistan...They are starting to respect the United States of America again,” said Trump, expressing his gratitude to the Pakistani leadership.

Pakistan Army had on October 12 rescued Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman, a US national, and their three children from the detention of the Haqqani network. 

The couple was kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip and their three children were born while they were in captivity.

Trump said the release of the couple was a “positive moment” for US-Pakistan ties.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “I want to be clear on saying how grateful we are to the government of Pakistan. Without their assistance, this would not have been made possible. It was critical, and we will certainly not forget that.”

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 08:46 AM
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