After suspending it last year, US starts military training program for Pakistan once again

IMET- the US security aid program worth $2 billion was suspended on Trump’s order in January 2018.

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  • The decision of continuation was taken following this year’s meeting between PM Imran Khan and Donald Trump.
  • ‘The program will provide an opportunity to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and the US on common ground’, State Department representative.
  • The U.S. military traditionally wanted to protect such educational programs from political tensions.

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On Thursday, the state department of the US said that the Trump administration has agreed on the continuation of Pakistan’s involvement in a coveted US military training and educational program. Donald Trump suspended the program a year ago.

The decision of continuation was taken following this year’s meeting between PM Imran Khan and Donald Trump. The US also appreciated the efforts and help of Pakistan on facilitating negotiations on the removal of US troops from Afghanistan.

IMET- the US security aid program worth $2 billion was suspended on Trump’s order in January 2018.

A State Department representative said in an email that Trump’s 2018 decision to suspend security assistance authorized “narrow exceptions for programs that support vital U.S. national security interests.”

The decision to restore Pakistani participation in military training program was “one such exception,” she said.

She further added the program would provide an opportunity to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and the US on common ground.

IMET Program :

IMET pay is offered for spaces to foreign military officers at U.S. military education institutions, such as the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Naval War College.

However, the suspension of Pakistan from the program in August 2018 led to the withdrawal of 66 spaces put to one side that year for Pakistani military officers.

The U.S. military traditionally wanted to protect such educational programs from political tensions. The relations built by getting foreign military officers to the United States pay enduring bonuses.


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