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"A day earlier, Pakistan's Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said there is "... a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation, which we have suspended".

During a speech at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad (ISSI) on Tuesday, Khan blasted the United States for using Pakistan as a "scapegoat" for its own military failures in neighboring country Afghanistan despite sinking billions of dollars into the conflict. "We're hopeful that Pakistan will come back to the table and do what they told us that they would do", he said.

Goldstein added the United States is "hopeful that Pakistan will come back to the table" and assist in US efforts to combat terrorism.

The U.S. announced last Thursday it would not deliver military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan, suspending the so-called Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and Coalition Support Funds (CSF) but not civilian assistance to that country.

In his Tuesday speech, Pakistani Defense Minister Khan also reminded the United States it needs Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

The statement comes days after Trump administration blocked the $255 million military aid to Pakistan.

Ambassadors of the various countries in Islamabad attended a briefing on Wednesday held under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The already tense relations between the USA and Pakistan further deteriorated after Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on January 1, that Pakistan "gives safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". "It is time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the USA", he said. -Pakistani tensions following President Donald Trump's accusations that Pakistan was harboring militants and the withholding of American aid to Islamabad.

Although it is still not clear how much aid has been stopped, Mr Olson said the decision could affect about $1.3 billion worth of annual aid.

Pakistan blocked the US & NATO troop supply route for months after a 2011 attack by NATO air force accidentally hit two Pakistani check posts, killing more than two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Islamabad had earlier showed restraint despite allegations by the US leaders and aid suspension but the defense minister's statement could be seen an indication that his country will be forced to make decision in its national interests.

"Our expectations are straightforward: Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil", said Army Col.

This is still a goodwill gesture by Pakistan at a time when the USA and its allies are still facing serious security challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan's security cooperation is vital to the US success in Afghanistan.

Asif made the latest claims during a meeting with the foreign diplomats which was organized in reaction to the recent U.S. moves for blocking the security aid to Pakistan.

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