US Defence Secy Mattis to visit Pakistan; heres whats on agenda

Jim Mattis to visit Pakistan on Dec 4 for talks with civil-military leadership

Jim Mattis to visit Pakistan on Dec 4 for talks with civil-military leadership

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.

United States defence secretary James Mattis has said that his upcoming visit to Pakistan was part of an effort to "set the conditions for future collaboration" that would lead to denial of safe havens "for any terrorist group that would attack anyone in the region".

Prior to his meeting with Sisi, Mattis met his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi to discuss military cooperation between the two countries and the fight against terrorism.

His visit comes over a week after the Egypt Mosque attack, which claimed over 300 lives and wounded scores of worshippers after terrorists stormed a packed mosque in Egypt's Bir al-Abd region of north Sinai.

On Sunday, Mattis will travel to Jordan - his second visit this year - to meet with King Abdullah II and participate in the Aqaba Process, "a meeting on countering violent extremism in West Africa".

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis is scheduled to land in Pakistan on a day-long visit on Monday and is expected to discuss Washington's latest strategy for South Asia.

Mattis reaches Islamabad on December 4 and will meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in an attempt to fix a relationship on a downward spiral, which has come under renewed scrutiny of the Trump administration.

The Trump administration official had earlier visited India in September after which the Pentagon said the United States viewed India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia.

Trump while announcing the strategy had criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.

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