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Shortly before, Tillerson had alluded to US concerns that Pakistan is providing safe haven to terrorist groups.

USA officials say they are frustrated that Afghan Taliban and Haqqani militants are afforded freedom of movement and are able to transport weapons and raise funds inside Pakistan, something their Islamabad counterparts staunchly deny.

Relations between India and Pakistan, nearly always on a rollercoaster in their 70-year history of independence from the British, seem to be in a downward spiral for the past two years. "And we are looking forward to moving ahead with the United States and building a tremendous relationship", Abbasi replied, according to a pool report.

During a short part of the meeting available to media, Tillerson told the Pakistani delegation that the nuclear-armed nation was an important USA ally in the region.

The visit was the first to nuclear-armed Pakistan by a senior Trump administration official and comes months after the US President angrily accused Islamabad of harbouring "agents of chaos" who could attack US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in neighbouring Afghanistan. Last month, an unannounced visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary James Mattis was marked by a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul.




On Wednesday, he will hold a meeting with Sushma Swaraj before calling on Modi, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

Following the August speech, Tillerson cautioned Pakistan that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continued providing support to Afghan militant groups.

The rescue was followed by drone strikes on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border targeting long-time foes of both Washington and Islamabad.

Following the secretary of state's surprise meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani-which was only reported after the fact-the US Embassy released a photo of the two men seated together in a room with large TV screens, a clock, and a fire alarm visible behind them, giving the location as the capital of Kabul.

While both photos showed the two men sitting in a windowless room, the image released by Afghanistan has removed the military-style digital clock and fire alarm above the two men-both of which are pictured in the USA copy.

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