Tillerson did not pull any punches with Pakistan


U.S. Secretary of State told Islamabad to stop supporting terrorism and lobbied for the capture of Haqqani, al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban leaders.

In contrast to previous visits by senior US officials, Pakistan has been clearly told this time to close support for terrorist groups, Indian officials told The Hindu in a visit to the US secretary of state. U.S.A., Rex Tillerson.

During his remarks to the press after meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Tillerson said the United States had called for a special mechanism with Pakistan to share “not only information, but action taken” against terrorist groups.

“We have extended to Pakistan certain conditions and expectations that we have … in particular with respect to these organizations and the leaders of these organizations,” Tillerson said.

Officials said Tillerson was even more sincere during his meetings in Delhi, and were optimistic that the Pakistani government had received a stern message.

“There was no half-message, as in the past. [The Trump administration] is behaving differently from other US administrations, and we must recognize that,” said a senior official at the meetings between Mr. Tillerson and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ms. Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval here on Wednesday.