By – Associated Press – Friday, August 24, 2018

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A telephone call made by U.S. Secretary of State to congratulate ’s newly elected Prime Minister has stirred controversy.

Washington says it “raised the importance of taking decisive action against all terrorists” operating in the country.

Islamabad said late Thursday “no issue relating to terrorists in ” was raised.

’s foreign ministry termed the statement as “factually incorrect” and said it wants Washington to correct its statement.

The State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the call as “good” and says the United States stands by its statement.

She says expressed willingness to work with toward a productive bilateral relationship.

The U.S. often accuses of harboring militants who carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies, saying the criticism is unfair.

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