US Defense Secretary, PM Abbasi discuss regional security

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis held a gathering with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi right here on Monday.

US new coverage for the South Asia got here underneath dialogue within the assembly attended by Minister Defence Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, DG ISI Lt.Gen. Naveed Mukhtar and senior officers of each nations.

Visiting US dignitary and PM Abbasi additionally mentioned other facets of Pak-US family members particularly the regional security state of affairs.

US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale additionally attended the assembly.

Earlier, speaking to information individuals enroute to Pakistan, James Mattis expressed the optimism that Pakistan and the United States can in finding tactics to paintings in combination within the face of mutual enemies.

Mattis arrived in Pakistan Monday as Washington pressures Pakistan to get rid of militant protected havens.

Relations suffered an additional blow after a Pakistani courtroom ordered the discharge of firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed in past due November, prompting a livid reaction from the White House.

Saeed heads the UN-listed terrorist staff Jamaat-ud-Dawa and has a $10 million US bounty on his head. He were beneath space arrest however used to be launched after a courtroom in Lahore stated officers had now not supplied any proof of his position within the days-long attack on India´s capital which killed more than 160 folks.

But en path to Pakistan Mattis advised newshounds he would now not use drive as a tactic and insisted he would do “some listening”.

When requested if he would “prod” Islamabad to take more motion, he responded: “That´s now not the best way I take care of problems. I consider that we paintings arduous on discovering the average floor, after which we paintings in combination, so that´s the method I need to take.”

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