Pakistan is committed to eradicate terrorism from the country, PM tells Tillerson

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to visit India tomorrow

In contrast to previous bilateral summit meetings, no agreements were announced, but both sides expressed an appreciation for the U.S.'s new South Asia policy, even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continued his travels in the region, landing in New Delhi late on Tuesday.

The third round of talks was held in Islamabad when an interagency USA delegation visited the Pakistani capital with details of the new United States strategy for South Asia announced by President Donald Trump on Aug 21. In the meeting, Modi reiterated India's support for a negotiated political reconciliation in Afghanistan that is Afghan- led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. They are believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, which aims to use them as a regional bulwark against arch-nemesis India.

Pakistan needs to "take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organisations that find safe haven inside" the country, Tillerson told reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied the charge, insisting it maintains contacts only to try to bring the militants to peace talks. "We have produced results". Last month, an unannounced visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary James Mattis was marked by a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul.

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

But Trump's blistering speech in August accusing Pakistan of harbouring militants saw Islamabad angrily hit back at the claims, insisting the USA took no account of the thousands of lives lost and billions spent in fighting extremism.

"There are, we believe, moderate voices among the Taliban, voices that do not want to continue to fight forever, they don't want their children to fight forever", said Tillerson.

Tillerson is on a multi-nation tour that included previously unannounced stops Monday in Iraq to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and in Afghanistan, where he discussed the new USA strategy for South Asia with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials at Bagram airbase, outside of Kabul. As the New York Times reports, the red fire alarm and military-style clock indicated the meeting took place not in Kabul but at the U.S. military base in Bagram, more than 30 miles away.

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