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China backs Pakistan, wants US to recognise its efforts in fighting terror

China today backed its all-weather ally and said Washington should "give full recognition" to Islamabad's "active efforts" to combat terrorism

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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Amid mounting US pressure on to rein in terror groups, today backed its all-weather ally and said should "give full recognition" to Islamabad's "active efforts" to combat

"is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, reacting to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford's remarks that Pakistan's spy agency has connections with terrorist groups and should change its behaviour.

Over the years, has made active efforts to combat and made huge sacrifices to combat terrorism, the ministry said in a written response to a question from PTI about Gen Dunford's comments.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis told a House Armed Services Committee that the US has asked Pakistan to change its behaviour and will "try one more time" to work with to end its support for terrorists.

Latest reports said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan to convey President Donald Trump's tough message to change its policies of backing terrorist groups.

"We believe that the community should give full recognition to Pakistan's counter-efforts," the ministry said.

supports the community to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and form a concerted effort, it said.

"We hope that the two countries will cooperate in the fight against terrorism on the basis of mutual respect and work together for the security and stability of the region and the world," the ministry added.

First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 18:17 IST