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US, Pakistan share interests in peaceful Afghanistan: Tillerson

The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who paid a visit to Pakistan on Tuesday said that his country and Pakistan share common interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, defeating ISIS in south Asia and eliminating terror outfits threatening US and Pakistan’s interests.

Tillerson who met with top Pakistani officials yesterday delivered president Trump’s message on increasing efforts needed by Pakistan to eliminate militants and their outfits in its country.

“The Secretary reiterated President Trump’s message that Pakistan must increase its efforts to eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country,” the US department of State said in a statement.

The statement further added “To address those concerns, the Secretary outlined the United States’ new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region.”

“The Secretary noted that Pakistan and the United States share common interests in establishing a stable, peaceful Afghanistan, defeating ISIS in South Asia, and eliminating terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States,” he added.

Tillerson is the first high ranking US official who visits Pakistan after President Trump announced his new strategy on South Asia, in which he had slammed Pakistan for its duplicity in policy for fighting against terrorism.