Afghanistan President on one-day working visit to India

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25 October, 2017

Shortly before, Tillerson had alluded to USA concerns that Pakistan is providing safe haven to terrorist groups.

"We are committed in the war against terror".

Tillerson has said US aid may be cut if Pakistan does not act more proactively against the groups, and Islamabad is jeopardizing Pakistan's future by not pushing out militant groups that range across the border into Afghanistan.

"We are committed to the war against terrorism...and we look forward to moving ahead with the USA and building, as you said, an economic relationship", the Pakistani prime minister said in response to Tillerson's comments. "And we are looking forward to moving ahead with the USA and building a tremendous relationship", added Abbasi, who sat next to Bajwa.

The visit was the first to nuclear-armed Pakistan by a senior Trump administration official and comes months after the US President angrily accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos" who could attack US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Relations between uneasy allies United States and Pakistan have frayed in recent years, with Washington accusing Islamabad of turning a blind eye or helping Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.

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The US-Pakistan relationship has waxed and waned dramatically since Trump took office in January.

He also met India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and discussed bilateral and regional issues.

As one of 16 "Non-Nato Major Allies", Pakistan benefits from billions of dollars in aid and has access to advanced U.S. military technology banned from other countries.

"The perception here is whatever they do, it is not going to please the Americans", Hussain told AFP.

India and Afghanistan discussed regional counter-terror efforts and enhancing New Delhi's defence assistance to Kabul during a day-long working visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to India.

While both photos showed the two men sitting in a windowless room, the image released by Afghanistan has removed the military-style digital clock and fire alarm above the two men-both of which are pictured in the USA copy.


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