Arguing that 40-years are enough for every responsible country to get on-board with the process of South Asia peace, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with a strong message to Pakistan said that it’s time for everyone to support the efforts of the United Nations, Afghanistan, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.

On Monday, Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon as he greets India’s Union defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the bilateral talks says, “We’re looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the sub-continent and across this war in Afghanistan that’s gone on now for 40 years.”

He continued that “It’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations; support Prime Minister Modi’s, (Afghan) President (Ashraf) Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here.”

“We are on that track. It is diplomatically led as it should be, and we’ll do our best to protect the Afghan people,” added Mr. Mattis.

Mattis was replying to a question from reporters about the letter written by Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, looking for his support in Afghanistan’s peace process. In the letter, US President Donald Trump has made it clear that full-support of Pakistan in this regard “is fundamental” to develop an enduring US-Pak partnership.

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