Tillerson arrives in Islamabad to meet civil and military leadership

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday to meet the country’s civil and military leadership for crucial discussions on resetting the bilateral ties and Afghanistan endgame.

America’s top diplomat was quietly greeted by a mid-level Foreign Office official at the military airport in Rawalpindi, – a welcome devoid of the pomp that usually marks high-level visits.

He was then driven in a convoy of Land Cruisers amid tight security to the US embassy in Islamabad’s diplomatic enclave, before scheduled meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Tillerson, who is on a tour to regional countries, is the first high-ranking American official to travel to Islamabad after President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in August.

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