US relationship with Pakistan will be conditions-based: Rex Tillerson

WION Web Team
Kabul, Afghanistan Published: Oct 23, 2017, 05:25 PM(IST)

It was Tillerson's first trip to Afghanistan as secretary of state. Photograph:( AFP )

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The US Secretary of State, who arrived in Afghan capital Kabul on a surprise visit, said, 'Pakistan needs to take a clear view of the situation they are confronted with in terms of number of terror organisations that find safe haven inside Pakistan'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that that he had made specific requests to Pakistan for them to act to undermine the support Taliban and other terror organisations receive in Pakistan.

The US Secretary of State, who arrived in Afghan capital Kabul on a surprise visit, said, "Pakistan needs to take a clear view of the situation they are confronted with in terms of number of terror organisations that find safe haven inside Pakistan."

"We want to work closely with Pakistan to create a more stable and secure Pakistan as well," he added.

Rex Tillerson warned Pakistan that the country's relationship with Pakistan would be "conditions-based and whether they took the action that US felt was necessary.

"Our relation with Pakistan will also be conditions based, it will be based upon whether they take action that we feel as necessary to move the process forward for both creating opportunity for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan but also ensuring a stable future for Pakistan," he said.

The US Secretary of State said he would be flying to Pakistan on Tuesday to reinforce the Trump administration’s demand that Islamabad move against the Taliban and other extremists based inside its borders or face the consequences.

“We have made some very specific requests of Pakistan in order for them to take action to undermine the support the Taliban receives and other terrorist organisations receive,” he said.

Tillerson said he would then travel to India to discuss a request that it expand its economic and development assistance to Afghanistan.

The US Secretary of State discussed with Afghan leaders the US strategy for ending America’s longest war, in a brief visit that underscored the challenge of quelling the country’s insurgency, Reuters reported.

Tillerson spent almost three hours in a heavily guarded building in the main US military facility in Afghanistan, most of the time in talks with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other US and Afghan officials.
 

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