At a Senate International Relations Committee hearing on Monday evening, American lawmakers also warned that if the United States insisted on having the choice of first strike towards a nuclear-armed nation, it may ship a unsuitable sign to different nations with nuclear weapons. They notably talked about India and Pakistan, two nuclear nations with strained relations.
Although the hearing was on the U.S. president’s authority to go to war, Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, asked Mr Tillerson to share with the committee what he heard from Pakistanis during his visit to Islamabad last week.
“Pakistanis have indicated, if we provide them information they will act. We’re going to have to test that, give them an opportunity to do so,” Secretary Tillerson replied. “So, we are going to enter into an effort to have greater sharing of certain intelligence information.”
Senator Barrasso also referred to US President Donald Trump’s Aug 21 speech who said that “a pillar” of his new strategy for Afghanistan was “to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan”.
The senator reminded Mr Tillerson that while travelling in South Asia last week, he too talked about “setting certain expectations” for the government of Pakistan and also about putting in place “a mechanism of cooperation through information sharing and action” to deny terrorist outfits the ability to launch attacks.
“So, could you talk a little bit about what is the change in the approach to Pakistan and maybe some of the expectations that you’ve articulated for the Pakistani government … in terms of what this cooperation is going to look like?” he asked.
Secretary Tillerson said he could only share “some broad contours” of Islamabad visit in a public hearing and if the senators wanted more, he was willing to sit with them for a closed hearing.
“But the conversation with the Pakistani government is for them to recognise that they will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of a successful peace process in Afghanistan,” he said.
Secretary Tillerson stated he hoped his go to will pave the way in which Pakistan opinions the Afghan state of affairs. “Pakistan will discover it of their pursuits to start to disassociate these long-standing relationships which have developed over time with sure terrorist organisations,” he added.
He claimed that Pakistan did have long-standing relations with the Haqqani community and the Taliban, which could have served their function for stability up to now however they now not served that function.