Pakistan must adopt a different approach to terrorism: Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at a press briefing
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

August 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that Pakistan must adopt a different approach to terrorism and the United States will condition its support on Islamabad’s delivering results in this area.

“There’s been an erosion in trust because we have witnessed terrorist organizations being given safe haven inside of Pakistan to plan and carry out attacks against U.S. servicemen, U.S. officials, disrupting peace efforts inside of Afghanistan,” Tillerson told reporters in the State Department.

“Pakistan must adopt a different approach, and we are ready to work with them to help them protect themselves against these terrorist organizations … We are going to be conditioning our support for Pakistan and our relationship with them on them delivering results in this area.”

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Cynthia Osterman)