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Pakistan Wants Good U.S. Relations Despite Trump, Minister Says

  • Defence minister says U.S. aid cuts unhelpful for peace
  • Arms puchases from Russia, China, Eastern Europe to increase
Khurram Dastgir Khan
Khurram Dastgir KhanPhotographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Pakistan’s defense minister said his country is determined to retain a positive relationship with the U.S. despite President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend military aid to the nuclear-armed nation.

In an interview in his parliamentary office on Wednesday, Khurram Dastgir Khan played down the significance of Trump’s Jan. 1 halt to about $2 billion in funding, saying aid had been considerably reduced already and the U.S. hadn’t provided spare parts for its weapons systems for three years. Pakistan will increasingly seek weapons from China and Russia, along with Eastern European and South American countries, he said.