Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to visit India, plans to review bilateral relations

Lucy Bush
October 25, 2017

"The U.S. can rest assured that we are strategic partners in the war against terror and that today Pakistan is fighting the largest war in the world against terror", Abbasi said.

"We are committed in the war against terror", he told Tillerson.

Tillerson has said US aid may be cut if Pakistan does not act more proactively against the groups, and Islamabad is jeopardizing Pakistan's future by not pushing out militant groups that range across the border into Afghanistan.

"Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they're confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe have inside of Pakistan", Tillerson said during an earlier stop in Afghanistan.

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In August, President Donald Trump unveiled his policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

In September, India worked with Afghanistan and identified priorities and projects where Kabul needed New Delhi's assistance. "And we are looking forward to moving ahead with the USA and building a tremendous relationship".

USA and Pakistani sources say Tillerson's visit to Islamabad will be followed later in the year by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Trump seeks to send a tough message to the wayward Cold War ally.

On Monday, during a visit to Kabul, Tillerson urged Pakistan to act against safe havens on its soil.

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On Wednesday, he will hold a meeting with Sushma Swaraj before calling on Modi, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

But Trump's blistering speech in August accusing Pakistan of harbouring militants saw Islamabad angrily hit back at the claims, insisting the United States took no account of the thousands of lives lost and billions spent in fighting extremism.

The rescue was followed by drone strikes on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border targeting long-time foes of both Washington and Islamabad.

During his visit, Ghani will meet his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and will also hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will also host lunch in the honour of the Afghan leader.

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Tillerson and Ghani are sitting under a digital clock and a red fire alarm.

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