Pakistan Must Stop Giving Safe Haven to Terrorists, John Kerry to Nawaz Sharif

NEW YORK – Pakistan must stop giving a safe haven to terrorists, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sept. 19, while expressing “strong concern” over the attack on the Indian army base in Uri a day earlier.

When they met here on Monday, Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement Sept. 20.

He said that “the Prime Minister and Secretary Kerry expressed strong concern with recent violence in Kashmir – particularly the army base attack – and the need for all sides to reduce tensions.”

Kerry also “stressed the need for restraint in nuclear weapons programs,” Kirby said.

Their discussions centered on the “strong, long-term bilateral partnership” and how “to build upon the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue,” Kirby said. Afghanistan also figured in their talks.

Kerry made the remark about Pakistan stopping safe havens for terrorists “while commending recent efforts by Pakistani security forces to counter extremist violence,” Kirby said.

Pakistani media reported that during the meeting Sharif had asked for U.S. help to resolve India-Pakistan issues.

“I expect the U.S. administration and Secretary Kerry to use his good offices to help resolve issues between Pakistan and India,” Dawn quoted Sharif as saying. “I still remember President Bill Clinton’s promise that the U.S. will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India,” he said.

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