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US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, increases pressure on Pakistan

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, increases pressure on Pakistan

American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday, had increased pressure on Pakistan over its perceived backing for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Although Pakistan denied sheltering the Taliban, Mr Tillerson suggested it could lose US privileges if the government failed “to change their posture”.

He was speaking a day after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy, vowing to commit US forces to back Afghan forces fighting the insurgents.

President Trump warned a hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill and said he had decided to keep troops there to “fight to win” to avoid the mistakes made in Iraq.

He said his new approach would be more pragmatic and based on conditions on the ground rather than idealistic and time-based, and would switch from nation building to “killing terrorists”.

Mr Trump also, for the first time, left the door open for an eventual peace deal with the Taliban, saying: “Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

Mr Tillerson also stressed that having a stable Pakistan, was in United States and other countries’ interests.

“We may not win one but neither will you,” he stated, adding that negotiation was the way to bring the conflict to an end.

 

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