The reporters were arrested on December 12, after being invited to meet police officials on the outskirts of Yangon, and accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
Pakistani UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a statement that her country’s fight against terrorism was not based on any consideration of aid but on national interests and principles.
“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
The UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.