KUWAIT CITY- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will meet with leaders of Pakistan Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the rebels moving back and forth across the border with Afghanistan.
Mattis said he wants to work with Pakistan to address the problems, adding that the U.S. is committed to a pragmatic relationship that expands cooperation while also “reinforcing President Trump’s call for action against terrorist safe havens.”
Asked if he was going to press the Pakistani leaders to take more action against the rebels, Mattis said: “That’s not the style I deal with issues. I believe that we work hard on discovering the common ground and then we work together.”
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