Pakistan offers conditional support to help end attacks in Afghanistan

07 Décembre, 2017, 01:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif

While there may not be any free lunches in this world, Pakistan continues to nearly rever China - a fact underlined by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday when he said the focus of Pakistan's foreign policy must shift away from the U.S. and onto China.

"We have made every effort possible, during the time I was there, to convince Pakistan to stop it. We are not ready to be blamed for the failure of the U.S. in Afghanistan anymore", the official said.

Pakistan and the US have been at odds over Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategies near the Afghan border and, hence, the US has no plans of lifting the freeze on coalition funds for Pakistan, US officials stated on Tuesday.

They chose to continue efforts for Afghan peace.

In September Mattis visited New Delhi and his Indian counterpart had said that India has no intention to send its troops to Afghanistan and that the country was increasing economic relations with Afghanistan to assist the war-torn country.

Stressing on a need to develop correct ties, Ais said "We have to convert our diplomatic outpost to trade outpost", adding that the United States has been one of the major trade partners of Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

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The office said in a statement that Mattis emphasized that in view of his long association with Pakistan, he was "keenly aware of the sacrifices rendered and the lives lost in Pakistan's fight against terrorism and extremism; and his personal respect and appreciation for the professional abilities of Pakistan's armed forces".

He explained how the Trump administration would deal with the situation if Pakistan turned down Washington's request to destroy safe havens.

"We would like to have a good relationship with the Indians".

Mattis' brief visit to Islamabad comes a week after a hardline Pakistani Islamist group called off nationwide protests after the government met its demand that a minister accused of blasphemy resign.

The remarks triggered a series of high-level diplomatic meetings in the U.S. and Pakistan, but Islamabad has given few signs of concessions.

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