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US defence sec Mattis arrives in Pak to discuss Trump's south Asia policy

James Mattis is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.

IANS  |  Islamabad 

James Mattis
James Mattis

Defence Secretary arrived in on Monday for his first visit to the country since taking charge at the Pentagon.

Mattis was received by officials from the Defence Ministry, Foreign Ministry and the Embassy upon his arrival, a Foreign Office statement said.

During his visit, Mattis is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister and Army Chief Gen

A day earlier, Mattis had told reporters that during his time in Islamabad he would look for "common ground" between America and Washington.

Mattis had also said that his discussions with the leadership in Islamabad will also focus on President Donald Trump's South Asia policy which was announced in September.

The strategy seeks Pakistan's support to defeat the Taliban as Washington believes that only a defeat will force them to reconcile with the Afghan government.

Soon after the announcement, had expressed its reservations about some of the policy decisions made in the strategy and totally rejected the misperception of not taking action against all terrorist groups.

"The remains committed to a pragmatic relationship that expands cooperation on shared interests," the secretary had said on Sunday while reinforcing President Trump's call for action against alleged safe havens.

 

First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 13:50 IST
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