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Tillerson, who paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, said the Trump administration was of the view that India can play a positive role in creating a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
"They already are providing important economic activity creating jobs which is important for the future Afghanistan. And we think they we want to encourage that as well. We think they can be a very positive influence on creating the right environment for the future in Afghanistan," he said.
"I think, our view of the relationship with India is one that's of strategic importance not just for this specific region, but in the context of that speech it was about a free and open Indo-Pacific region stretching all the way from Japan to India," Tillerson told reporters at the Bagaram Air Force Base on his arrival for his maiden visit to South Asia.
He was responding to a question on his major India policy speech last week in which he sought broader goals for India-US relationship.
"Thats certainly something well be talking about during the visit tomorrow," he said.