Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to Talk Terror, Infrastructure With PM Modi Today


ISLAMABAD-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Pakistan to deliver a tough message on the importance of fighting extremists and driving them from hideouts on Pakistani territory.

The third round of talks was held in Islamabad when an interagency USA delegation visited the Pakistani capital with details of the new United States strategy for South Asia announced by President Donald Trump on Aug 21.

In Afghanistan on Monday, he told reporters that Pakistan's co-operation on counterterrorism is essential for a good relationship with the U.S. His comments echoed those of other top U.S. officials who have been pressing Pakistan on the matter.

On Monday, during a visit to Kabul, Tillerson urged Pakistan to act against safe havens on its soil. They are believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, which aims to use them as a regional bulwark against arch-nemesis India.

According to Michele, Tillerson says "Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe haven inside of Pakistan".

Pakistan has repeatedly denied the charge, insisting it maintains contacts only to try to bring the militants to peace talks.

"We are committed in the war against terror", he told Tillerson. "And we are looking forward to moving ahead with the USA and building a tremendous relationship", added Abbasi, who sat next to Bajwa. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif also visited Washington, where he met Secretary Tillerson.

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The US-Pakistan relationship has waxed and waned dramatically since Trump took office in January.

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting dignitary.

Following the August speech, Tillerson cautioned Pakistan that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continued providing support to Afghan militant groups.

Political analyst Zahid Hussain said there may be little Islamabad can do at this point to convince the U.S. it is acting in good faith.

Dealing with cross-border terrorism, especially a firm resolve to ensure closure of state-sponsored terror sanctuaries, topped the agenda for India-Afghanistan dialogue on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for what was the latter's fourth visit to India in the past three years.

While both photos showed the two men sitting in a windowless room, the image released by Afghanistan has removed the military-style digital clock and fire alarm above the two men-both of which are pictured in the US copy.