Trump authorizes resumption of military training program for Pakistan
On Friday, United States President Donald Trump authorized the resumption of the International Military Education and Training Program (IMET) for Pakistan in order to strengthen military to military cooperation between the two countries and advance US national security.
The news was made public in a message on Twitter by the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the US Department of State, and signed by United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells.
“To strengthen military to military cooperation on shared priorities and advance US national security, President Donald Trump authorised the resumption of International Military Education and Training (IMET) for Pakistan. The overall security assistance suspension for Pakistan remains in effect,” the State Department said.
The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S State Department publicly admitted that the U.S will resume its military training program for Pakistan and only a few hours after Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), spoke to U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The conversation between COAS General Bajwa and the top US diplomat had focused on the regional security situation following the US drone strike in Baghdad that had resulted in the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, sparking global outcry.
“Pakistan’s Chief of Staff General Bajwa and I spoke today about US defensive action to kill Qassem Soleimani. The Iran regime’s actions in the region are destabilizing and our resolve in protecting American interests, personnel, facilities, and partners will not waver,” Pompeo had tweeted.