Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today said the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and such a move will improve Islamabad’s international standing as well as stability in the region.
He also said that states that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation and standing diminish, in an apparent dig at Pakistan. “We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based there that threaten its own people and the broader region,” he said while speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a top US think-tank. “It is the obligation, not choice, of every civilised nation to combat the scourge of terrorism. The United States and India are leading that regional effort together,” he said.
By taking decisive actions against terrorists, Tillerson said, Pakistan furthers stability and peace for itself and its neighbours, and improves its own international standing. President Donald Trump in August unveiled his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in which he had hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos” that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.
Tillerson said India can serve as a clear example of a diverse, dynamic, and pluralistic country to others – a flourishing democracy in the age of global terrorism.
He said India is a partner of the US in Afghanistan. “As we implement President Trump’s new South Asia strategy, we will turn to our partners to ensure greater stability in Afghanistan and throughout the region. India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan and we welcome its assistance efforts,” he said.