Rex Tillerson in India highlights: Sushma Swaraj names and shames Pakistan; raises H1B issue with Trump administration

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Rex Tillerson in India highlights: Sushma Swaraj names and shames Pakistan; raises H1B issue with Trump administration
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    Here are the highlights from Wednesday's press conference

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    Joint press conference between Tillerson and Swaraj concludes

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    Tillerson on Pakistan supporting terrorism

    Asked about Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists and its support of terrorism, Tillerson says, "In my discussions in Islamabad, we were frank to conclude that there are too many terrorist outfits that find a safe haven in Pakistan. We are putting in place a mechanism to deny these outfits the ability to launch attacks on other countries."

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    Asked if India is ready to cut diplomatic ties with North Korea, Swaraj said trade relations with Pyongyang are at a minimum, but it is important to continue having an embassy in North Korea.

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    The first shipment of crude oil to India happened earlier this month, marking the first such export in over four decades, Tillerson says

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    Rex Tillerson calls India a natural partner in the fight against terrorism

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    WATCH: Press Interaction: Visit of Secretary of State of the United States of America to India

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    The United States supports India's emergence as a leading power, rex Tillerson says

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    India, United States and Afghanistan to have a tri-lateral meet in December, MEA Swaraj says

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    WATCH: Sushma Swaraj, Rex Tillerson issue joint statement

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    This is the second time I have the priviledge to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a month, Swaraj says

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    "India-US relations have deepened after Narendra Modi's United States visit," says Sushma Swaraj at joint press conference in New Delhi

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    Sushma Swaraj and Rex Tillerson start joint press conference

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    "Discussed bilateral, regional and global issues"

    The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted on Wednesday to say that the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Rex Tillerson touched on bilateral, regional and global issues "to further strengthen bons of friendship."

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    'We have to continue to fight the Taliban'

    "Clearly we have to continue to fight against the Taliban, against others, in order for them to understand they will never win a military victory," Tillerson told reporters after the meeting that was also attended by Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

    It was Tillerson's first trip to Afghanistan as secretary of state and comes several weeks after US defence secretary Jim Mattis also paid an unannounced visit.

    The closed-door talks covered Ashraf Ghani's reform programme, his anti-corruption strategy and preparations for parliamentary elections due to take place next year.

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    Tillerson's Afghanistan visit

    On Monday, prior to his visit to Islamabad, Tillerson paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan to discuss Washington's new strategy with President Ashraf Ghani.

    Tillerson reiterated the US commitment to working with the Kabul government and regional partners "to achieve peace in Afghanistan and deny safe havens to terrorists who threaten that goal", said a US embassy statement  

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    Tillerson to hold joint press conference soon 

    Tillerson's meeting with Sushma Swaraj comes after a meet with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.

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    Tillerson's meeting with Abbasi

    During his meeting with the Pakistan prime minister, Tillerson discussed the bilateral cooperation and partnership, expanding economic ties between the US and Pakistan, and Pakistan’s critical role in the region, according to reports.

    The US embassy said that the US secretary of state reiterated Trump's message that "Pakistan must increase its efforts to eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country."

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    Rex Tillerson with Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday

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    Tillerson's India visit comes after his day-long tour of Pakistan 

    On Tuesday, Tillerson had bluntly told Pakistan's top leadership that it must increase efforts to eradicate terrorists operating within the country.

    Tillerson had arrived in Islamabad on a whirlwind visit to reset bilateral ties strained after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups.

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    Delegation-level talks

    On Wednesday, during delegation-level talks with Sushma Swaraj, Rex Tillerson is expected to advance the agenda laid out by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Modi’s visit to the White House in June 2017

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    Ministry of External Affairs tweets to welcome Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his maiden tour of India

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    Joint press conference expected in the afternoon

    According to media reports, Tillerson and Swaraj will have a working luncheon on Wednesday. Both leaders will then participate in a joint press conference in the New Delhi.

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    At 12 pm, Tillerson met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the capital

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    Rex Tillerson pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

    Tillerson visited Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi on Wednesday morning to pay tribute to the father of the nation.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on a tour of India Tuesday. According to the US State Department, he will meet with senior Indian leaders to discuss further strengthening of India-US strategic partnership and collaboration on security in the Asia-Pacific region.

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson arrives in India. PTI

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson arrives in India. PTI

His visit will also advance the agenda laid out by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Modi’s visit to the White House in June 2017.


Tillerson's first meeting is with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi at 10 am after which he will pay tribute at Gandhi Smriti Museum. At 12 am, Tillerson is scheduled to meet Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj with whom he will have a working luncheon. Both leaders will then participate in a joint press conference in the national capital.

At 1.30 pm, the US secretary of state will meet business executives and then will proceed to meet the staff and families of the US Embassy in New Delhi.

Tillerson will round up his visit with a 4.30 pm meeting with Modi.

Ahead of his meeting, Tillerson had said that America's relationship with India is of strategic importance which is not limited to South Asia. He further added that the Trump administration was of the view that India can play a positive role in creating a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

"I think, our view of the relationship with India is one that's of strategic importance not just for this specific region, but also about a free and open Asia-Pacific region stretching all the way from Japan to India," Tillerson had told reporters at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan on his arrival for his maiden visit to South Asia.

Tillerson asks Pakistan it to rein in terrorism


On Tuesday, Tillerson had bluntly told Pakistan's top leadership that it must increase efforts to eradicate terrorists operating within the country.

Tillerson had arrived in Islamabad on a whirlwind visit to reset bilateral ties strained after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups.

During his meeting with Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Tillerson had discussed the bilateral cooperation and partnership, expanding economic ties between the US and Pakistan, and Pakistan’s critical role in the region.

The US embassy had said that the US secretary of state reiterated Trump's message that "Pakistan must increase its efforts to eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country."

He had also outlined the United States’ new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region, the US embassy statement said.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Oct 25, 2017 02:19 pm | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2017 02:51 pm



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