Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to visit India tomorrow
Oct 25, 2017, 00:57
He was then driven in a convoy of Land Cruisers amid tight security to the United States embassy in Islamabad's diplomatic enclave, before meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the powerful military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other top officials.
During the meeting, the sides discussed regional issues, economic, trade and transit cooperation, counter-terrorism and new U.S. strategy on Afghanistan.
Pakistan has acknowledged that it has some influence with the Taliban, but says it does not control the movement or its leaders.
Meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is underway in Islamabad. But he added that the US had low expectations.
"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", he said.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan's leadership on a wide range of issues.
Pakistan is accused of publicly supporting the US -led worldwide mission in Afghanistan but secretly providing support and shelter to the Taliban as well as its dread ally, the Haqqani network. But Islamabad claims it has cleared out all militant safe havens in previously lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan through a military operation. -Canadian family after five years in captivity. The rescue operation was carried out by the Pakistan military on an intelligence tip from 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.
This contradicted earlier statements by Pakistan's military and government that the couple was recently moved across the border from Afghanistan. Last month, an unannounced visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary James Mattis was marked by a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul.
On Monday, during a short visit to Afghanistan, Tillerson said he meant to make clear that Pakistan's relationship with the United States will suffer if Pakistan does not do more to undermine the support the Taliban and other groups receive in Pakistan. 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. He said the bilateral cooperation in security between the two countries should be enhanced.
During the visit, the Afghan President will meet his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and will hold delegation-level talks with Modi during which a gamut of bilateral ties will be discussed.
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