US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated on Tuesday that the U.S. has no authority to enter Pakistan and respects Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty. She also acknowledged Pakistan’s “positive steps” towards eradicating terrorism, but emphasized that still more needs to be done. Her comments follow similar statements made by other U.S. officials for the past few months, including those of Vice President Mike Pence made last week after meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The Pentagon also made similar comments earlier this week.
According to the Pentagon
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Pentagon said the US does not plan to cross the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan. Speaking with Pajhwok Afghan News, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews said, “Say, for example, we have troops in contact and then the Taliban forces go across the border. They are clearly inside Pakistan then. There’s no change with regards to respecting the territorial sovereignty of Pakistan.”