Tillerson took a secret trip to Afghanistan to appeal to 'moderate' Taliban


The United States' policy toward Islamabad will be based on whether they take necessary action in creating an opportunity for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

"We have made some very specific requests of Pakistan in order for them to take action to undermine the support the Taliban receives and other terrorist organizations receive", he said.

Tillerson during his visit reiterated his desire to get more Pakistani cooperation to stabilize Afghanistan, and hinted at a tough message for Islamabad when he goes there Tuesday.

Tillerson spent nearly three hours in a heavily guarded building in the main US military facility in Afghanistan, most of the time in talks with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other USA and Afghan officials.

"The invitation on behalf of Prime Minister Modi for President Ghani to visit India was extended by the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval when the latter visited Kabul on October 16", a MEA statement said here on Monday.

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President Trump's new Afghan policy spelled out in August heaped fire and brimstone on Pakistan for its alleged sheltering of "agents of chaos" while reserving honeyed words for India and calling for its expanded role in Afghanistan, anathema to Pakistan, and this one-sided rhetoric has established the pattern which is being inflexibly followed by senior United States officials.

An Afghan government official told India Today that "trade, security and regional issues are the main topics of discussion".

Tillerson is scheduled to hold a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Hyderabad House here, on Wednesday morning.

While Tillerson criticised Pakistan for not taking an action against the terrorist groups based in the country, he criticised China for violating the worldwide law and norms in South China Sea.