U.S. defense chief calls for deepening anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

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The two countries share strained bilateral relationships. "We are not ready to be blamed for the failure of the U.S. in Afghanistan anymore", the official said. However sources said the Pakistani leadership ruled out the possibility of the same.

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

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".

Mattis held separate meetings on Monday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to explore ways to effectively eliminate the threat of militancy.

Pakistan has offered conditional support to help to put a full stop to the cross-border attacks in Kabul by the militants using the Pakistani territory.

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Pakistan and the US have been at odds over Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategies near the Afghan border and, hence, the US has no plans of lifting the freeze on coalition funds for Pakistan, US officials stated on Tuesday.

"If the U.S. could take these two steps, Pakistan would guarantee that its soil would never be used for any militant activities across the Afghan border", a source privy to the details of the meeting said.

In a speech in August presenting his war strategy for Afghanistan, Trump accused Pakistan of hosting "agents of chaos" and said that its approach would have to change "immediately".

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

"We have communicated specific steps that Pakistan can take to degrade these groups' operational activities and to facilitate substantive peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan", a State Department spokesperson told The News in an email response from Washington.

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