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Mattis embarks on visit to Middle East, W Africa, South Asia

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today began his trip to Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait to re-affirm the enduring US' commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West and South Asia, the Pentagon said.

Mattis would reach on December 4, in second such trip after US President Donald Trump announced his South Strategy on August 21.

During his visit, Mattis is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Early this week, Gen John Nicholson, the commander of the US-led forces in Afghanistan, rued that Pakistan has not been able to carry out the counterterrorism actions which it promised to the Trump administration after the announcement of the new South Strategy.

Mattis left US today to re-affirm the enduring US commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West and South Asia, the Pentagon said.

"The defence secretary will begin his engagements with a visit to on December 2, where he will meet President el-Sisi and Minister of Defence Gen Sedki Sobhy," it said.

On December 3, Mattis will travel to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to participate in the Aqaba Process, "a meeting on countering violent extremism in West Africa", hosted by King Abdallah II of Jordan.

A day later, he will visit Pakistan as he plans to meet Prime Minister Abbasi and Army Chief Bajwa.

His trip concludes with a visit to Kuwait on December 5, where he will meet Emir Sabah Ahmad al-Sabah and other Kuwaiti leaders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 08:10 IST