US concerned over terrorist groups continue to enjoy safe haven in Pakistan

Prime News, International (Washington), August 22:- The US has expressed concern over terrorist groups continuing to enjoy safe haven in Pakistan and is asking the country to do more against “externally oriented” extremist outfits, a top official in the Trump administration said.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells at the same time welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks on the importance of having peace on both sides of the country’s borders.

“Pakistan has an important role to play in furthering stability in Afghanistan. We have expressed our concern over the fact that terrorist proxy groups continue to be able to enjoy safe haven in Pakistan. We are urging the government to do more to bring pressure to bear against these organisations, externally oriented terrorist groups,” Wells told reporters on Monday.

She was asked whether the US has seen any progress in its demand that Pakistan takes action against terror groups like the Haqqani network and Taliban. Wells was addressing a Foreign Press Centre video conference from Washington on ‘US Policy in the Indian Ocean Region’ during which she previewed her upcoming travel to the Indian Ocean Conference hosted by the India Foundation in Hanoi on August 27-28.  (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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