Afghan president calls on Modi, discusses terror, trade ties

Tillerson and earlier Trump's friendly remarks on India are certainly to be welcomed with a wariness that would accompany any dealing with the erratic Trump administration

"Both sides agreed that the recent convergence and alignment of views at regional and worldwide arenas have created opportunities for bringing peace, security and stability in Afghanistan".

He was then driven in a convoy of Land Cruisers amid tight security to the United States embassy in Islamabad's diplomatic enclave, before meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the powerful military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other top officials.

"To do that you can not have a safe haven in Pakistan", he said.

Among strategies to end the conflict, Tillerson emphasized anti-corruption reforms, which he said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured him would continue. But he added that the US had low expectations.

According to Michele, Tillerson says "Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe haven inside of Pakistan".

U.S. officials say they are frustrated that Afghan Taliban and Haqqani militants are afforded freedom of movement and are able to transport weapons and raise funds inside Pakistan, something their Islamabad counterparts staunchly deny.

Last week, American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan five years ago, were rescued, along with their three children born in captivity, from the Haqqani network in Pakistan's Kurram Agency bordering Afghanistan.

"So, our relationship with Pakistan will also be conditions-based". Last month, an unannounced visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary James Mattis was marked by a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul.

In Afghanistan on Monday, he told reporters that Pakistan's co-operation on counterterrorism is essential for a good relationship with the U.S. His comments echoed those of other top U.S. officials who have been pressing Pakistan on the matter. By claiming that Tillerson and Ghani were in Kabul and not a fortified military base, the Afghan government can project strength and advance a positive narrative about the country's security.

The visiting dignitary also met his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind earlier in the day.

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