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United States defence secy Mattis lands in Pakistan

05 December 2017
United States defence secy Mattis lands in Pakistan

During his visit, Mattis held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, and the two discussed worldwide and regional threats, in particular terrorism and extremism, according to a statement from the president's office.

Speaking to senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad today, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis recognized Pakistan's sacrifices in the war on terrorism, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

He also expressed the importance of bolstering military cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism which poses a threat to the Middle East and the world.

Mattis' visit comes days after the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan following which the United States had strongly condemned Islamabad and called for his immediate re-arrest and prosecution. He is now on a five day four nation tour visiting Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Kuwait.

During the trip, Mattis will hold a morning of bilateral meetings in Cairo with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in which he will deliver his condolences for Al-Rawdah attack.

Mattis is expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the current situation of Afghanistan and how the two countries can best cooperate with each other to bring some semblance of normalcy. He will conclude his trip with a visit to Kuwait on December 5, where he will meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and other Kuwaiti leaders.