Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on US President Donald Trump's tweet praising Pakistan for their 'cooperation on many fronts.'
'Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug,' Gandhi captioned the snapshot of the tweet by the US President that read, 'Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders. I want to thank them for their cooperation on many fronts.'
Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug pic.twitter.com/B4001yw5rg— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 15, 2017
The US' relationship with Pakistan seemed to improve after the latter helped rescue a US-Canadian couple held in captive for five years from their Taliban captors in Afghanistan.
The White House had released a statement saying the release of an American-Canadian family from an Afghan Taliban-linked group would hopefully change the cooperative relationship between the United States and Pakistan.
In a marked turnaround of sorts, Trump had earlier accused Pakistan of "housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately." This was after Prime Minister Modi's June visit to the U.S. wherein Trump's description of the former as a 'true friend' had set the tone for a successful bilateral meeting between the two nations, and rightly so, from their bear-hug to their praises for each other, everything reeked of a growing bonhomie between the world leaders.
The Congress had back then too downplayed the essentiality of the visit and its aftermath.
Meanwhile, several media reports have cornered Trump over his sudden claims of growing ties with Pakistan, accusing him of going back on his word and policies of counter-terrorism.
Reports also say that officials in India are now keen to see the follow-up actions of the U.S. President.
The tweet is also likely to become a part of the discussions between Indian leaders and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when he visits India in the last week of October.
(Inputs from ANI)