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Tillerson's three-day India visit from Tuesday

25 October 2017, 12:53 | Colleen Roy

Tillerson's three-day India visit from Tuesday

Going for kill along Afghan border Pakistan US to remain in day-to-day contact

"Pakistan is important, as you know, regionally to the U.S. Our security relationships are so important regionally to our joint goals of providing peace and security for the region", Tillerson said during handshake with Abbasi before opening formal talks.

Pakistan has acknowledged that it has some influence with the Taliban, but says it does not control the movement or its leaders.

Pakistan needs to "take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organisations that find safe haven inside" the country, Tillerson told reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan. But he added that the USA had low expectations.

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 United States and Afghanistan have long alleged the Afghan Taliban, particularly their deadliest arm the Haqqani network, has safe havens in Pakistan. Last week, he called for stronger economic and military ties between India and the United States.

"Sanctuaries are provided, logistics are provided, training is provided, ideological base is provided.Pakistan has come to a juncture and it needs to make a choice", he said.




Removing the military-style clock and large fire alarm might have been an attempt by Afghanistan's government to hide the meeting's location.

During his three-day visit, Ghani will have delegation-level talks with PM Modi, who will also host a lunch in his honour.

In September, India worked with Afghanistan and identified priorities and projects where Kabul needed New Delhi's assistance. Both sides used harsh words against each other in the recent U.N. General Assembly in NY, accusing each other of human rights abuses or supporting terrorism.

However, the recent rescue by Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies of an American-Canadian couple somewhat eased simmering tensions between the two countries.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, in New Delhi.



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