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US calls for Yemen ceasefire, Mattis urges for peace talks within ‘next 30 days’

WASHINGTON: The United States called Tuesday for a ceasefire and peace talks in Yemen, as the Saudi-led military coalition sent more than 10,000 new troops toward a vital rebel-held port city ahead of a new assault. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the US had been watching the conflict "for long enough," adding that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are in a US-backed coalition fighting Houthi rebels, are ready for talks. "We have got to move toward a peace effort here, and we can't say we are going to…

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional US forces to the country on an open-ended basis. Mattis, on his second visit to the country in recent months, will meet with President Ashraf Ghani and the…

Pompeo, Mattis set for meetings with top Indian officials

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis are holding long-delayed talks with top Indian officials, looking to shore up the alliance with one of Washington's top regional partners. The so-called “2+2” talks are scheduled to last just a few hours on Thursday and focus on strategic and security issues. They come amid a series of divisive issues, including Washington's demands that India stop buying Iranian oil and Russian military supplies, and even news reports that President Donald Trump has…

Ali Jahangir meets US defense secretary James Mattis

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's envoy to the United States (US) Ali Jahangir Siddiqui met US secretary of defense James N. Mattis at Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Jahangir received a warm welcome from James Mattis at Pentagon where the duo discussed Pakistan-US relations and pondered over the matters pertaining to the region. According to sources, Mattis apprised Siddiqui about the US strategy in Afghanistan and the options of bringing Afghan Taliban to the table for negotiations. Last…

Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers: Mattis

US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia. The move comes amid concerns that imposing sanctions, particularly in the case of India and other Asian allies, could threaten friendly relationships that the US has been working to bolster in recent years. India, the world´s top defense importer, has purchased Russian military hardware and expertise for decades, and has been in talks with Moscow to buy S-400 long range…

Mattis warns of Chinese ‘intimidation’; says U.S. seeks ‘results-oriented’ ties

SINGAPORE: The United States is willing to work with China on a “results- oriented” relationship, but Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would “compete vigorously” if needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday. The comments by Mattis, speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, come at a time of increased tension between the two nations in the South China Sea and highlight how President Donald Trump’s administration is looking to balance China’s cooperation…

US praises Qatar ties, calls for Gulf unity

WASHINGTON: The United States praised Qatar for its improved counterterrorism cooperation on Tuesday and warned that its rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbors has hurt the fight against extremism. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a diplomatic boycott of Qatar and closed their frontiers last year, accusing the gas-rich emirate of cosying up to Iran and sponsoring militant groups. US President Donald Trump, fresh from a successful trip to Riyadh, seemed at first to take the Saudi side in the dispute and…

US Defense Secretary says his goal of Pakistan visit is to find “common ground”

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary James Mattis says that the goal of his Pakistan visit is to find “common ground” and expressed the optimism that the two countries could find ways to work together in the face of mutual enemies. “My goal is to find common ground.  We know we have some common ground,” the Secretary said while talking to reporters Sunday en route to Pakistan on the second leg of his visit after visiting a regional conference in Jordan. “They have lost hundreds, thousands of their troops killed and wounded…