"The General said that USA values Pakistan's role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase", the statement said.
Famed cricketer turned politician Imran Khan said Saturday that meeting U.S. President Donald Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow should he become Pakistan's prime minister in elections later this year, but added "I would meet him".
He also told the American general that that the "entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed" over the United States statements, but insisted Pakistan would continue to support peace efforts in the region despite being made a "scapegoat".
His comments come days after Gen. Bajwa said his forces felt betrayed by their US counterparts, due to the actions of the White House.
He also said the USA is not planning any action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to recover terrorists who, according to the U.S. view, are using Pakistan's soil against Kabul.
Of course, Pakistan might ultimately be bluffing, but its best bet is nevertheless to play the Afghan card in one capacity or another as an asymmetrical response to the US. There has been speculation the US military might undertake drone strikes deep inside Pakistan to target suspected hideouts of the Taliban and the allied Haqqani network.
Votel also told Bajwa the "US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan", it continued.
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"We value mutual understanding of interests and concerns that we need to consider that might lead to a positive path forward", Thomas told AFP.
This gave rise to a growing choir of voices in Pakistan who are urging the government to suspend the US' transit rights through their territory en route to Afghanistan, effectively dealing a major blow to Trump's mini-surge there, while others have said that Islamabad should massively raise its transit fees instead in order to recoup its losses.
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the return of the refugees is prerequisite in a bid to help the Pakistani forces deny safe havens to the Afghan militants.
The Pakistani statement on Friday did not directly refer to Trump's tweet.
Some U.S. and Afghan officials anxious that Pakistan would retaliate by no longer sharing intelligence or raising the costs for U.S. -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces to use Pakistani air and land corridors into Afghanistan.
Also in question is nearly $1 billion of USA military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology.