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United States defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray

United States defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray

The defense secretary will then travel to Pakistan on December 4, where he will meet Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Bajwa.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Pakistan Monday but vowed to tread lightly and find "common ground" as Washington pressures its wayward ally to eliminate militant safe havens.

A senior Trump administration official had earlier said that the United States is not satisfied with Pakistan's cooperation in the war against terror as part of its South Asia strategy and is yet to see Islamabad taking steps to "rein in" the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

According to a statement by the Department of Defense, Mattis' visit to Cairo on Saturday is part of a trip "to re-affirm the enduring USA commitment to partnership in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia".

Mattis said on Saturday that counterterrorism cooperation with Egypt is growing, and the US remains committed to strong ties with Cairo, according to Voanews website. The secretary also met with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Bajwa and the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar.

The statement also said the Pakistan Government had an opportunity to demonstrate its seriousness in confronting all forms of terrorism, without distinction, by arresting and charging Saeed for his crimes.

The decision to put Saeed under house arrest in January was seen as a response to actions by US President Donald Trump's White House against nations deemed linked to terrorism.

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