But his optimistic tone faded as he recalled a meeting with United States Treasury officials this month. The Pakistani delegation walked away with the impression that “they are still going to put us on the gray list,” he said, calling the Trump administration’s foreign policy inconsistent.

That would undermine moderates in the country, he said.

“We’ll have egg on our faces,” Mr. Ismail added. “We pushed for these reforms, although many thought we wouldn’t be successful changing Washington’s behavior.”

A State Department spokesman said that the United States welcomed Pakistan’s efforts against the groups tied to Lashkar-e-Taiba, but that it sought additional information on what “concrete steps” were being taken to deprive them of financing. The spokesman said the Paris meeting would determine the next steps on Pakistan, but refused to elaborate.

The Treasury Department said it would not comment on the sanctions list before the meetings in Paris next…

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