After the positive meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump, the relations between the two countries are seem to be heading towards a right direction as recently, Trump administration has finally decided to resume the Pakistan’s participation in the International Military Education and Training Programme, or IMET.
The US State Department, on Thursday, announced the resumption of the program under which security aid of worth $2 billion will be given to Pakistan which was suspended in January 2018 on orders of President Donald Trump to pressurize Pakistan to “do more”.
Talking to Reuters, a State Department’s spokeswoman said, the programme “provides an opportunity to increase bilateral cooperation between our countries on shared priorities,” she added. “We want to continue to build on this foundation through concrete actions that advance regional security and stability.”
The restart of the programme, however, is subject to approval by Congress. Republican and Democratic aides for the Senate and House of Representatives committees with jurisdiction over the process did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Under the program, 66 Pakistani armed forces officers will also go to study different courses at U.S. military education institutions, such as the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Naval War College.
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