United States has given a clear message to Pakistan government. It made it clear that it should support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to ensure peace in the region. In a hard hitting tone and also almost giving an ultimatum, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said it is time for everyone to support the efforts of the UN, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who are trying to maintain peace in South Asia.
It may be recalled that in recent times US has been expressing its severe concerns over Pakistan’s establishment `cool’ attitude towards terror groups and allowing such groups to operate from its soil. Now, US said that it must take on a substantive role in peace talks with the Taliban if the war in neighbouring Afghanistan is to be ended.
Mattis was responding to a question from reporters about the letter written by the 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 that Pakistan’s full support over the issue “is fundamental” to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.
“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 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.