Good cop, Bad cop: Tillerson praises Pakistan while Mattis hurls accusations
The secretary of state also shared his US government’s concerns about the future of Pakistani government which the US government “wants to be stable and peaceful”. “Many of the same issues they (the government) are within Pakistan are our issues so we think there’s an opportunity for us to strengthen our relationship.”
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 4, 2017
“We are going to be working very hard at all levels,” he added.
The United States will try to work with Pakistan on terrorism “one more time”, Mattis said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, adding, “if our best efforts fail, President Trump is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary."
The US relationship with Pakistan has ebbed and flowed over the course of the 16-year war in Afghanistan, getting most tense after Trump's August speech outlining his new strategy for South Asia. President Trump said the United States would do more to pressure Pakistan to combat 'terrorist safe havens' in its borders.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif arrived in the United States on a three-day important visit, where he discussed bilateral relations and situation in Afghanistan and Kashmir with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H.R.McMaster. The US’s new policy on South Asia also came under discussion.
Asif is accompanied by other dignitaries including, Pakistan Ambassador to US Aizaz Chaudhry, additional secretary America MOFA, director general America MOFA and deputy chief of mission Pakistan Embassy.
The bilateral visits of Pakistani and American diplomats were scheduled during the recent visit of PM Abbasi to the US.
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