Pakistan's response to the US defence secretary
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has emphatically stated that there are no terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and the entire nation is committed to its resolve of eradicating terrorism once and for all in all its forms and manifestations.
These remarks were made by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during talks with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Islamabad on Monday.
On his maiden tour to Pakistan as Secretary of Defence, General Mattis was accompanied by senior officials from the Department of Defence and the US Ambassador to Pakistan. The Prime Minister was assisted by ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Interior as well as senior officials from the respective ministries.
Recalling the longstanding relationship with the United States, Prime Minister Abbasi underlined the need for a broad-based engagement to strengthen partnership and enhance cooperation between the two countries.
Articulating Pakistan’s perspective on regional peace and security, the prime minister said that no other country benefits more from peace and stability in Afghanistan than Pakistan.
He also appreciated the US resolve not to allow the use of Afghan soil against Pakistan.