US Defence Secy Mattis to visit Pak next week

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Also discussing ways to improve U.S. -Egypt partnership in the defense sector, the duo agreed on the need to increase global efforts to eradicate terrorism resources, and to find a political resolution to the crises in the Middle East, the statement said. Early this week, Gen John Nicholson, the commander of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, rued that Pakistan has not been able to carry out the counterterrorism actions which it promised to the Trump administration after the announcement of the new South Asia Strategy.

During his visit, Mattis held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, and the two discussed worldwide and regional threats, in particular terrorism and extremism, according to a statement from the president's office.

In this November 30, 2017, photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responds to a reporter's question during a meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj at the Pentagon.

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US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Saturday that indiscriminate action by Pakistan against terrorist safe havens inside the country are in the regional and Pakistan's interest.

"They know this. In many cases, they are".

In his response, Mattis said, "That's not the way I deal with issues. I believe that we work hard on finding the common ground and then we work together". "There's been some areas that we have lost over the years, because of disagreements about what we need to do", he said. Mattis will meet with Pakistan leaders Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid the Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents moving back and forth across the border with Afghanistan. Mattis would reach Pakistan on December 4, the second such trip after US President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy on August 21.

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