A day after Pakistani forces rescued an American-Canadian family from the Haqqani terror network, US President Donald Trump said that he has started to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan. “Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
This comes as a turnaround of sorts, as Trump had criticized Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so while announcing his Afghan and South Asia policy in August this year.
However, the American President’s tweet appear to be a reflection of his gratitude for ending the kidnapping ordeal for American nationals.
Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2017
American citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle along with their three children were rescued from the Haqqanis on Thursday after an operation by Pakistani forces based on intelligence from the US authorities. The couple were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip. Their three children were born while the pair was in captivity.
Interestingly, US Vice-President Mike Pence has also praised Pakistan in helping the US secure the release its citizens.
Pence’s comments on Pakistan came as he listed out some of the key achievements of the Trump administration at the international stage. “The president is achieving real results on the international stage, as well,” he said.
“Just this week, Pakistan took an important step to answer the President’s call to do more in the fight against terrorism, as they helped secure the release of an American family that had been held hostage for more than five years,” the Vice-President said.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Pakistan soon.