Washington: The US intends to work with Pakistan to take down terrorists, defence secretary Jim Mattis has said, asserting that this is what a “responsible” nation does.
He was responding to questions on Pakistan’s reaction to the Afghan and South Asia policy announced by US President Donald Trump last Monday.
Trump hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups that kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. He also warned Pakistan that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.
Mattis did not respond to questions on timeline, if any, for Pakistan to take action against terrorists and terrorist groups.
“We intend to work with Pakistan in order to take the terrorists down. I think that’s what a responsible nation does,” Mattis said at a media briefing.
His remarks remarks came after the State Department notified to the Congress to place a pause button on $255 million foreign military financing for Pakistan.