The US National Security Adviser Lieutenant General HR McMaster reached Islamabad on an unannounced visit.
The visit was the first by President Donald Trump administration's top member to Pakistan, which was accused of using Taliban as a proxy force.
US NSA Lieutenant General McMaster's Pakistan Visit
In the interview, McMaster said, "As all of us have hoped for many, many years - we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after these groups less selectively than they have in the past."
McMaster expressed appreciation for Pakistan: US Embassy
McMaster did not give interviews in Pakistan.
However, the US Embassy in Islamabad stated, "General McMaster expressed appreciation for Pakistan's democratic and economic development, and stressed the need to confront terrorism in all its forms."
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McMaster meets PM Sharif and COAS Bajwa
McMaster met with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and top foreign policy and national security officials.
The PM's office stated Sharif conveyed Pakistan's readiness to work with the international community and explore ways to resolve the Aghan crisis.
It added McMaster's delegation included Lisa Curtis, who reportedly was picked as Senior Director for South and Central Asia.
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