Mark Toner

US to keep supporting Pakistan to destroy terror networks: Mark Toner

WASHINGTON: United States has expressed the commitment to continue cooperation with Pakistan, till the complete eradication of terrorism.

In a daily press briefing in Washington, Deputy Spokesperson of US State Department Mark Toner said, it is in our own interest to cooperate in Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts.

“We believe it’s in our vital national security interests to support Pakistan in carrying out its efforts to destroy these terrorist networks,” he said.

The spokesperson also lauded Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace process.

“We believe it’s an important partner in the region in achieving a stable and secure Afghanistan. So – and in that regard we would welcome Pakistan’s efforts to support Afghan-led reconciliation talks, for example. They hosted the Heart of Asia ministerial recently and two of the first three meetings of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group. And they have carried out, as I said, multiple operations against some of these terrorist networks that are operating on their soil. We believe that destroying, eliminating those networks is in our national security interests, as well as the security interests of the region,” he said.

Toner admitted that no country in the region has been more touched by terrorism than Pakistan.


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