Washington (January 7, 2018): United States Defence Secretary James Mattis said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment, including with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, even after suspending its security assistance to Pakistan.
“I think, yesterday Gen Joseph Votel was on the phone with Gen Bajwa, the chief of the army staff. And we’ll continue to coordinate this,” he said at an afternoon news briefing at the Pentagon.“Obviously, we’ll continue talking with one another, as we are at all times,” said the US defence chief, but he did not clarify if the conversation took place before or after Washington announced the aid suspension on Thursday.He said that the United States is still working with Pakistan to coordinate military supply routes needed for the fight in Afghanistan even after the suspension of American security assistance.
Speaking at a news briefing at Pentagon in Washington, James Mattis said the United States is still working with Pakistan and would restore aid if it takes action against terrorists.The United States uses military supply lines that run food and equipment from Pakistan to Afghanistan. “I’m not concerned, no,” he said when asked if the suspension could lead Pakistan to cut off supply lines, adding that he had not received any indication from Islamabad that it might block supply lines.