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US will not tolerate Pak providing safe havens to terrorists: Nikki Haley

US will not tolerate Pak providing safe havens to terrorists: Nikki Haley

Washington: The US will not tolerate Pakistan providing safe havens to terrorists, America's envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said and backed the creation of a strategic alliance with India to fight terrorism and maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Haley, in her keynote address to the 20th annual Legislative Conference of the Indian American Friendship Council, also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in New York that killed eight persons.
She said that the US recently embarked on a new strategy for combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia.
One of the pillars of that strategy is the development of America's strategic partnership with India.
"America's overriding interest in Afghanistan and throughout South Asia are to eliminate the terrorist safe havens that threaten US and to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists," Haley said.
The US, she said, would use all of the elements of its national power, economic diplomatic and military to pursue these goals.
"And critically, we will look to our economic and security partnerships with India to help us. We expect India to do more in Afghanistan, particularly in economic and development assistance,"
The US, she said, is also approaching its relationship with Pakistan differently.
"In many instances Pakistan has been a partner to the United States...But we cannot, tolerate its government or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists who target Americans. We will not tolerate it and we're communicating that message to Pakistan more strongly than in the past," Haley said.
The US expects changes, she asserted.

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