TEHRAN (defapress) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the United States is concerned that extremist groups are threatening the "stability and security" of the Pakistan government.
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Publish Date: 25October 2017 - 20:30
Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi late Tuesday after a
brief and tense stop in Islamabad, said too many extremists were finding
sanctuary inside Pakistan to launch attacks on other nations, AFP reported.
He said Pakistan had an interest "in not just
containing these organizations but ultimately eliminating" the groups.
"Quite frankly my view -- and I expressed this to the
leadership of Pakistan -- is we also are concerned about the stability and
security of Pakistan's government as well," he told reporters in New
"This could lead to a threat to Pakistan's own
stability. It is not in anyone's interests that the government of Pakistan be
Tillerson's visit -- the first to the nuclear-armed nation
by a senior official from President Donald Trump's administration -- follows
months of pressure from Washington on Pakistan over its alleged support for
It follows an unannounced stop in Kabul Monday, where
Tillerson reiterated America's commitment to Afghanistan and warned that
Washington has made "very specific requests" of Pakistan over
Trump has angrily accused Islamabad of harboring
"agents of chaos" who could attack US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Washington and Kabul have long accused Islamabad of
supporting Afghan militants including the Taliban. They are believed to have
links to Pakistan's military establishment, which aims to use them as a
regional bulwark against arch-nemesis India.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied the charge, insisting it
maintains contacts only to try to bring the militants to peace talks.
Tillerson did express his appreciation to Pakistan officials
for the sacrifices it has made in fighting militancy, and for its help in
securing the release of a US-Canadian family held captive by the Taliban for
But America's top diplomat -- whose frosty visit to
Islamabad lasted just four hours -- said the United States would not tolerate
extremist safe havens. He thanked India for its support combating extremism.
"In the fight against terrorism the United States will
continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with India," he said.
New Delhi has welcomed US overtures for closer ties, saying
it shares Washington's optimism about their burgeoning relationship.
Speaking ahead of his visit, Tillerson called for deeper
cooperation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia, and
said Washington wanted to promote a "free and open" region led by
Trump's top diplomat also said Beijing sometimes acted
outside international conventions, citing the South China Sea dispute as an
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Trump's
strategy for the region hinged on Pakistan eradicating militant havens on its
"We believe that President Trump's new policy can
succeed only if Pakistan effectively acts against all terror organizations
without any discrimination," she told the press conference with Tillerson.
India has historically avoided alliances, preferring to
maintain cautious relations with both Washington and Beijing, but Trump has
developed a warm relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tillerson, who was to meet Modi later Wednesday, started the
day by meeting national security adviser Ajit Doval.
He also laid a wreath at a memorial to India's independence
movement leader Mahatma Gandhi, removing his shoes to approach a pillar marking
the spot where Gandhi was shot dead on January 30, 1948.