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December 04, 2018 07:25
U.S. Tells Pak to Support Narendra Modi's Peace Efforts

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The United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, in a strong message to Pakistan, said it is time for everyone to support the efforts of the United Nations, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Afghanistan in the South Asia peace process.

Mattis further asserted that 40 years is enough for every responsible nation to get on board with the process.

"We're looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the sub-continent and across this war in Afghanistan that's gone on now for 40 years," he told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday as he welcomed Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for talks.

"It's time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations; support Prime Minister Modi's, (Afghan) President (Ashraf) Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here," Mattis said.

"We are on that track. It is diplomatically led as it should be, and we'll do our best to protect the Afghan people," he added.

Mattis was responding to a question from reporters regarding the letter written by President Donald Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking his support in the peace process in Afghanistan.

In his letter, Trump has made it clear-cut that Pakistan's full support in this regard "is fundamental" to building an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership.

-Sowmya Sangam

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