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US To Send Strong Message On Terrorism With Sec. Tillerson's Pakistan Visit

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| October 7 , 2017 , 13:50 IST

In a strong message to Pakistan, the United States President Donald Trump will send his top official and military adviser to the terror harbouring nation in the coming weeks, reports suggest.

The report comes ahead of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson's Pakistan visit later this month.

Just a couple days earlier, Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had met the secretary of state on his US visit. Secretary of defence Jim Mattis' will also be visiting the country following state secretary Tillerson.

Earlier, Defence Secretary Mattis had also visited India and met Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what was a 2-day tour.

As of the United States' stand on Pakistan and terrorism, the new President has been hard on the country for harbouring terrorism. As clear from his 'travel ban' in the US, he is also not afraid to take a controversial decision when it comes to preventing terrorism.

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In another strong step against the country, the US had put Pakistan on the list of countries that are 'safe haven' for harbouring terrorism. President Trump had also accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to “agents of chaos” just last week.

On the other hand, Mattis, earlier this week had told the Congress that he will try "one more time" to "see if we can make this work" in a clear reference to working alongside Pakistan to eradicate terrorism from the region.

While the country has been ineffective in taking care of terrorism in the region even with the US' financial help, the latter cannot shun all ties with the former. Despite their unwillingness to get tough on terrorism, Pakistan is a key strategic destination for the US in Asia.

Also, the country is a vital point to continue its supply for its troops in Afghanistan and the Afghan army.