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‘Take decisive actions against terror groups’

TILLERSON TO VISIT PAKISTAN NEXT WEEK 

WASHINGTON: Ahead of his India and Pakistan visit, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups, and warned that countries that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation diminished, international media reported. Tillerson, who said that he would be visiting New Delhi and Islamabad next week for the first time in his official capacity, also said that US President Donald Trump’s administration was “determined to dramatically deepen” ties with India. “In the past decade, our counter-terrorism cooperation has expanded significantly,” Tillerson said while delivering an address on ‘Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century’ at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a top US think-tank. Speaking about peace and stability in South Asia and especially in Afghanistan, Tillerson said that apart from India, Pakistan too was an important partner of the US in this. “We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten their own people and the broader region. “In doing so, Pakistan furthers peace and stability for itself and its neighbours and improves its own international standing,” he said.He said that the US and India were cross-screening known and suspected terrorists and later this year Washington and New Delhi would convene a new dialogue on terrorist designations. “In July, I signed a designation that Hizbul Mujahideen is a foreign terrorist organisation because the United States and India stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. States that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation standing diminished,” he stated, adding that it was the obligation, not choice, of every civilised nation to combat terrorism. –Agencies

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