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Decisions regarding regional security taken in corps commanders conference

Decisions regarding regional security taken in corps commanders conference

The office said in a statement that Mattis emphasized that in view of his long association with Pakistan, he was "keenly aware of the sacrifices rendered and the lives lost in Pakistan's fight against terrorism and extremism; and his personal respect and appreciation for the professional abilities of Pakistan's armed forces".

Pakistan rejects U.S. demand for joint operation on its soil ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has flatly rejected the USA demand for joint operations against militants on the former's soil in the latest round of "inconclusive" talks between the two countries held this week, diplomatic sources told The News. USA officials say they will not be able to assess if Pakistan has made progress and fulfilled its promises to prevent the Haqqanis from crossing into Afghanistan until then.

Mattis met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his brief visit to Pakistan this week.

"We also maintained neutrality in the regional conflicts", Asif said while referring to Pakistan's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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During the talks, Pakistan put forward two solid demands in order to stop cross border terrorism. Secondly, Washington has been told to play its role in the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, a step that would ensure no militants can hide in the garb of refugees on the Pakistani soil.

The visit, Mattis's first as defence secretary, came days after the United States voiced concerns following a Pakistani court's decision to free one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and as the U.S. pushes its longtime ally to do more to combat insurgents who allegedly use bases in Pakistan's tribal belt to target North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan. "I believe that we work hard on finding the common ground, and then we work together, so that's the approach I want to take".

Pakistan has repeatedly expressed its serious concerns regarding India's role in Afghanistan to the USA and Afghan leadership, according to reports.

Both sides, the sources added, agreed to take Afghan President Ashraf Ghani into confidence to establish peace in Afghanistan.


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