US Secretary of Defense Mattis arrives in Cairo

  • US Secretary of Defense Mattis arrives in Cairo

US Secretary of Defense Mattis arrives in Cairo

Hours before landing at Islamabad, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that he intends to work hard to find common ground with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

The top brass of the civil and military leadership, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, met the United States dignitaries.

A senior Trump administration official had earlier said that the USA is not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in the war against terror as part of its South Asia strategy and is yet to see Islamabad taking steps to "rein in" the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Speaking to senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad today, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis recognized Pakistan's sacrifices in the war on terrorism, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

Political analyst Imtiaz Gul said the latest U.S. effort to push Pakistan would likely fall short again.

Secretary Mattis also met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar.

"A clear worldwide consensus exists regarding Saeed's culpability-he was designated by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008". He also termed the release of Mumbai-terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed as "a step backward" in that direction.

President Donald Trump has warned Pakistan that the U.S. "will not be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorists" and that "it has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists".