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Top US diplomat due in Pakistan Tuesday

Top US diplomat due in Pakistan Tuesday”

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan on Tuesday.

Rex Tillerson is visiting Pakistan on invitation of Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Pakistani officials have prioritised the issues to be taken up with Tillerson which include the recent strain in Pak-US ties; US President Trump's new Afghan strategy; Pakistan's role in the Afghan peace process; and Pakistan's reservations on India's future role in Afghanistan, The Express Tribune quoted sources as saying.

A senior U.S. official recently said that the Trump administration wants India to help strengthen Afghanistan, so that it can take on the Afghan Taliban.

Tillerson, who is also visiting India next week as part of a tour to the region, said in a speech the United States had begun to discuss alternatives to Chinese infrastructure financing in Asia that critics say has spawned resentment and fears of a debt trap.

On a separate platform, the United States invited Gen Hayat to Washington to attend the conference on counterterrorism, creating yet another opportunity for talks, now between defence officials of the two countries. Two other positive development's hold out the possibility of a change in direction for the better: the death by drone inside Afghanistan of the notorious militant Omar Khalid Khorasani, the mastermind of the December 2014 Peshawar school massacre, and the rescue, also last week, of the kidnapped US-Canadian couple by Pakistani forces inside Pakistani territory.

By taking decisive actions against terrorists, Tillerson said, Pakistan furthers stability and peace for itself and its neighbours, and improves its own global standing. Islamabad has asked Washington not to make Pakistan scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan.



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