Donald Trump's Pakistan Policy unveiled by his Defence Secretary

Donald Trump's Pakistan Policy unveiled by his Defence Secretary

WASHINGTON: The incoming US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that the Trump administration would offer incentives to Pakistan to cooperate with the United States on critical issues.

Donald Trump Pakistan Policy

At his confirmation hearing at the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Thursday afternoon, Mr Mattis underlined the need to stay engaged with Pakistan while asking it to do more to eradicate terrorism from the region.

“If confirmed, I will work with the State Department and the Congress to incentivise Pakistan’s cooperation on issues critical to our national interests and the region’s security, with focus on Pakistan’s need to expel or neutralise externally-focused militant groups that operate within its borders,” Mr Mattis told the committee while responding to a question.

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Mr Mattis, a general who retired from the US Marine Corps in 2013, has long experience of dealing with both Afghanistan and Pakistan, first as a combat officer and then as commander of the US Central Command.

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