Posted by Reuters
Date: 12 September, 5 September
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday for a short visit, during which talks are expected to focus on the war in Afghanistan and Islamic militants.
Pompeo will then travel to India, which is the main leg of his expedition to South Asia. During his talks with senior officials, Pompeo will probably exert pressure on New Delhi over its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian missile systems.
In Pakistan, Pompeo will meet with new Prime Minister Imran Khan and military commander Amar Javid Bajwa amid strained relations between the two countries and Washington reducing military aid to Pakistan on the grounds that it does not deal with militants.
Ties between the United States and Pakistan have been strained in recent years after Washington accused Islamabad of ignoring or helping Afghan Taliban and Haqqani militants who launched attacks in Afghanistan, which Pakistan denies.
A Reuters journalist saw the Bombio plane landing at Islamabad airport before 1 pm local time (0800 GMT).
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the new foreign minister, said he would "talk to" Pompeo about Washington's cancellation of $ 300 million in Pakistani military aid.
This year, the United States canceled $ 800 million in aid earmarked for Afghanistan.
Pompeo and US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse are scheduled to meet their Indian counterparts Thursday in New Delhi, where defense agreements are expected to finalize ties between the armies of the two countries amid growing Chinese influence.
The talks come at a time of increased hostilities between the United States and India's traditional allies, Iran and Russia, to which Washington has imposed sanctions.
Pompeo told reporters accompanying him during the trip to Pakistan "are part of the talks and part of the relationship. Will be dealt with absolutely during the talks, but without focusing on them. "