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USA officials have indicated they have more tools at their disposal if Pakistan remains defiant or in denial.

Stressing on the importance of dialogue for the resolution of the Afghan issue, the foreign minister said that a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan. He further said future relations with the United States would be reciprocated on the basis of self-respect and equality.

Talking about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent visit to Islamabad, he claimed that the USA side admitted that Pakistan had two troubled borders and the South Asia Strategy would address these issues. We're asking you to do this; we're not demanding anything.

"For a meeting, he invites Afghan president in the bunker and such a situation only depicts United States failure in Afghanistan", he said.

Noting that he had a very comprehensive discussion on economic and security links with Modi, Doval and Swaraj, Tillerson said it is essential that the two democracies work together to address the challenges facing both of them.

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"We're grateful for India's generous contributions to the development of Afghanistan, and we hope to see greater involvement from them", Tillerson said adding that the Administration will work to make the US-India Strategic Partnership the foundation for greater peace, stability, and growth of the Indo-Pacific region.

The U.S. embassy statement also said Tillerson expressed appreciation for Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, and expressed gratitude to the government of Pakistan and the Pakistani army for their cooperation in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity, it added. "Neither are we supporting them (Afghan Taliban), nor do they need our help", the Pak FM said. "We are not responsible for the increase in the drug trade in Afghanistan or the increasing [Afghan] territory occupied by terrorists". "There are too many terrorist organizations that find a safe place in Pakistan to conduct their operations and attacks against other countries", Tillerson said, adding the extremist groups" growing strength and capability "can lead to a threat to Pakistan's own stability". Asif also shared with committee the assessment of Pakistan and other regional countries that Taliban at present are controlling 45 percent of Afghanistan's territory while the U.S. believes that Taliban only control 10 percent of the Afghan territory and that Afghan government does not have en effective control on 35 percent of the territory.

Addressing the accusation by the USA and Afghanistan that Pakistan provides sanctuary to terrorists who plan attacks on Kabul, Asif blamed the "ineptitude" of America and global forces there for not ending the conflict. "It is not in anyone's interests that the government of Pakistan be destabilised".


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