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Pakistan pushes off US visit after Trump speech: report

Pakistan has postponed a visit from a U.S. State Department official after President Trump accused the country of harboring terrorist groups, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, was scheduled to visit Pakistan Monday.

“At the request of the Government of Pakistan, Acting Assistant Secretary Wells’ trip has been postponed until a mutually convenient time,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson told the news service.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry released a similar statement.

The State Department and Pakistan’s foreign ministry did not give a reason for postponing the visit, which would have been the first high-profile visit by a U.S. official since Trump’s speech last week on the way forward in the 16-year-old Afghanistan War.

Trump in that speech accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups. The administration’s new policy on Afghanistan includes a plan to pressure Pakistan into taking a harder line on such groups, which he referred to as “agents of chaos.”

Pakistan responded by saying the United States should not “scapegoat” Pakistan. It, in turn, accused the U.S. military of failing to eliminate militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

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