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Tillerson affliction when dealing with Pakistan Tillerson affliction when dealing with Pakistan
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Tillerson’s burden when dealing with Pakistan exposes American diplomacy's antipathy for the current status quo in the area. Tillerson’s burden when dealing with Pakistan exposes American diplomacy's antipathy for the current status quo in the area.
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On Tuesday, in year-end remarks to staff, <a href="https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/255638-tillerson-doesnt-enjoy-dealing-with-pakistan">Tillerson</a> spoke at length about the global issues and challenges the State Department faces internally and at the international level. On Tuesday, in year-end remarks to staff, <a href="https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/255638-tillerson-doesnt-enjoy-dealing-with-pakistan">Tillerson</a> spoke at length about the global issues and challenges the State Department faces internally and at the international level.
"Look, this is a hard job...The actual task at hand, dealing with North Korea, I don't enjoy that... Dealing with Pakistan, I don't enjoy," said <a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dont-enjoy-dealing-with-pakistan-cannot-continue-with-status-quo-there-says-us-secretary-of-state-rex-tillersonrex-tillerson-doesnt-enjoy-dealing-with-pak/articleshow/62047094.cms">Tillerson</a> at a town hall meeting with state department employees earlier today. "Look, this is a hard job...The actual task at hand, dealing with North Korea, I don't enjoy that... Dealing with Pakistan, I don't enjoy," said <a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dont-enjoy-dealing-with-pakistan-cannot-continue-with-status-quo-there-says-us-secretary-of-state-rex-tillersonrex-tillerson-doesnt-enjoy-dealing-with-pak/articleshow/62047094.cms">Tillerson</a> at a town hall meeting with state department employees earlier today.
"It's difficult because of the complexity of the issues." Tillerson said that in his previous job as Exxon Mobil CEO, "I didn't have to spend a lot of time worrying about children being killed, people's rights, dignity being violated in unimaginable ways." "It's difficult because of the complexity of the issues." Tillerson said that in his previous job as Exxon Mobil CEO, "I didn't have to spend a lot of time worrying about children being killed, people's rights, dignity being violated in unimaginable ways."
Tillerson also acknowledged that US ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade. He also said he's conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire. Tillerson also acknowledged that US ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade. He also said he's conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire.
“Over the last decade, the relationship has drifted, and we’ve got to bring this relationship back to one of common interest. Today that’s just not the case. And so we’re engaged in very, very frank discussions with Pakistan over the concerns we have about their own stability and their own future and the threat they’re under by allowing terrorist organizations to operate in their territory, and how we can work together to bring stability and peace to the whole region. And again, we’ve got a great team working in that region as well. A lot of work left to do.” “Over the last decade, the relationship has drifted, and we’ve got to bring this relationship back to one of common interest. Today that’s just not the case. And so we’re engaged in very, very frank discussions with Pakistan over the concerns we have about their own stability and their own future and the threat they’re under by allowing terrorist organizations to operate in their territory, and how we can work together to bring stability and peace to the whole region. And again, we’ve got a great team working in that region as well. A lot of work left to do.”
We're willing to share information with them (Pakistan) and we want them to be successful. But we cannot continue with the status quo, where terrorist organizations are allowed to find safe haven inside of Pakistan," said <a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/12/276430.htm">Tillerson</a> in an address at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington DC. We're willing to share information with them (Pakistan) and we want them to be successful. But we cannot continue with the status quo, where terrorist organizations are allowed to find safe haven inside of Pakistan," said <a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/12/276430.htm">Tillerson</a> in an address at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington DC.
<a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-must-alter-relationship-with-terror-groups-rex-tillerson/articleshow/62050768.cms">Tillerson</a> acknowledged that US ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade. He also said he's conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire. <a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/pakistan-must-alter-relationship-with-terror-groups-rex-tillerson/articleshow/62050768.cms">Tillerson</a> acknowledged that US ties with Pakistan have "really deteriorated" in the last decade. He also said he's conveyed to Pakistan that its policy of terror safe havens could well backfire.
"Pakistan has allowed so many terrorist organizations to find safe haven within its territories, and these organizations are growing in size and influence, that at some point I have said to the leadership of Pakistan, you may be the target, and they turn their attention from Kabul and decide they like Islamabad as a target better," said Tillerson. "Pakistan has allowed so many terrorist organizations to find safe haven within its territories, and these organizations are growing in size and influence, that at some point I have said to the leadership of Pakistan, you may be the target, and they turn their attention from Kabul and decide they like Islamabad as a target better," said Tillerson.
The Secretary noted that Pakistan and the United States share common interests in eliminating terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States. The Secretary noted that Pakistan and the United States share common interests in eliminating terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States.
"We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well, but Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and with others. I understand that this is a relationship that has emerged probably for, in their view, good reasons a decade ago, but now that relationship has to be altered because they - if they're not careful, Pakistan is going to lose control of their own country," said Tillerson. "We want to work with Pakistan to stamp out terrorism within their boundaries as well, but Pakistan has to begin the process of changing its relationship with the Haqqani Network and with others. I understand that this is a relationship that has emerged probably for, in their view, good reasons a decade ago, but now that relationship has to be altered because they - if they're not careful, Pakistan is going to lose control of their own country," said Tillerson.
However, experts are doubtful that the tough rhetoric from the US will change anything.  However, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/world/asia/tillerson-pakistan.html">experts</a> are doubtful that the tough rhetoric from the US will change anything.
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