clear
Friday November 24th, 2017 4:07AM

Tillerson in India to highlight U.S strategy in South Asia

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW DELHI (AP) — Combating terrorism and India's role in war-torn Afghanistan dominated talks between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian counterpart Wednesday as the U.S. official highlighted the Trump administration's new strategy for South Asia.

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India had agreed to hold talks on Afghanistan with Washington and Kabul.

Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi after stops in Kabul and Islamabad, said that he had conveyed to Pakistan's leaders "certain expectations" that the Trump administration had about controlling terror groups that operate from its soil. He added that too many terror groups had found a safe place in Pakistan to launch attacks against others.

Tillerson held talks Tuesday with Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Foreign Minister Khwaja Mohammad Asif and the heads of the army and intelligence services.

U.S. officials have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye or assisting the Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network. New Delhi has also long blamed its neighbor and archrival of supporting terror groups that have launched attacks inside India, including a three-day attack in India's business capital Mumbai in 2008 that left 166 dead after 10 gunman rampaged through parts of the city.

It also blames Pakistan for aiding and training rebels who operate in the Himalayan region of Kashmir that is divided between the two nations but claimed by both.

Pakistan routinely denies colluding with militants.

President Donald Trump's new strategy for the region "can only be successful if Pakistan acts decisively against terror groups" that operate from its territory, Swaraj said in her comments to reporters in New Delhi.

Tillerson added that the presence of such groups on its soil was also a threat to "Pakistan's own stability."

Tillerson and Swaraj also stressed the close relationship and shared values between the world's two largest democracies. Both promised to work closely on matters of security and to enhance defense and economic cooperation.

Tillerson is expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later Wednesday. His visit also underscores the administration's belief that India is a critical anchor in a regional strategy for the Indian and Pacific Oceans to blunt an increasingly assertive China.

In an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, Tillerson said last week that the world needs the U.S. and India to have a strong partnership as he pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability.

The U.S. sees China as operating outside global rules-based norms as it grows in economic and military might.

Tillerson arrived in India from Pakistan, after visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

___

Associated Press writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report from Doha, Qatar.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP World News
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump readies opioid plan, but some worry it won't be enough
President Donald Trump's long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won't be backed with the money and commitment to make much difference
3:20AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Tillerson in India to lay out US strategy in South Asia
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets top Indian officials as he travels South Asia to lay out Trump administration's strategy for the region
3:15AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Nissan executive bows to apologize for inspections scandal
Nissan executive bows to apologize for inspections problems, as scandals overshadow Tokyo Motor Show
3:04AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
GOP senators blister Trump, reveal party at war with itself
One Republican senator announces his retirement with a broadside against President Donald Trump and a second attacks the president in a series of interviews _ an extraordinary day of public GOP division
1:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
Xi Jinping and other key leaders of China's Communist Party
Members of the Politburo Standing Committee of China's Communist Party include President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and five newcomers
12:44AM ( 2 hours ago )
Flake's bow-out could mean rush of Arizona GOP candidates
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's decision to bow out of a re-election fight could spur a rush of other Republican candidates who hope to take on his only announced challenger in the 2018 Arizona primary
12:24AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Trump readies opioid plan, but some worry it won't be enough
President Donald Trump's long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won't be backed with the money and commitment to make much difference
3:20AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Tillerson in India to lay out US strategy in South Asia
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets top Indian officials as he travels South Asia to lay out Trump administration's strategy for the region
3:15AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Nissan executive bows to apologize for inspections scandal
Nissan executive bows to apologize for inspections problems, as scandals overshadow Tokyo Motor Show
3:04AM ( 24 minutes ago )
PGA Tour China to resume with full schedule in 2018
PGA Tour, China Golf Association agree to resume Chinese tour with hopes of developing elite players
2:38AM ( 49 minutes ago )
You own it: New Zealand party told to pay for Eminem rip-off
A court ordered New Zealand's main conservative political party to pay Eminem's publisher $415,000 for breaching copyright by using a song too similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads
2:34AM ( 53 minutes ago )