Donald Trump administration approves resumption of training for Pakistani armed forces; military assistance to remain suspended

  • Donald Trump administration has approved resumption of its military training programme for Pakistani security personnel at American institutions

  • It will 'strengthen' military to military cooperation between the two countries on 'shared priorities'

  • Trump administration had in August 2018 suspended the more than a decade-long IMET programme

Washington: Donald Trump administration has approved the resumption of its military training programme for Pakistani security personnel at the American institutions, a top American diplomat said on Friday. However, the overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect, the diplomat said.

 Donald Trump administration approves resumption of training for Pakistani armed forces; military assistance to remain suspended

File image of Qamar Javed Bajwa. PTI

President authorized the International Military Education and Training (IMET) for Pakistan, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, tweeted on Friday.

This came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke over phone with the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the situation in the region in the aftermath of the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards.

It will "strengthen" military to military cooperation between the two countries on "shared priorities," she said.

Trump administration had in August 2018 suspended the more than a decade-long IMET programme for Pakistani personnel at the US institutions, days after Islamabad and Moscow signed an agreement to allow Pakistani troops to receive training at the Russian defence centres.

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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2020 13:39:11 IST