What Happened: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Sept. 5, Dawn reported.
Why It Matters: The officials reportedly discussed resetting relations between their two countries. Ties between the United States and Pakistan have deteriorated as a result of Islamabad's continued support for militant proxies in Afghanistan, and Washington recently canceled another $300 million in security assistance to the South Asian country.
Background: The United States has been trying to pressure Pakistan into pushing the Taliban toward peace talks to end the long-running war in Afghanistan. After meeting with Khan, Pompeo left Pakistan for further high-level talks with Indian officials in New Delhi.
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