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

Rex Tillerson arrived on a tour of India Tuesday. According to the US State Department, he will meet with Indian leaders to discuss further strengthening of India-US ties

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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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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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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.

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

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

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