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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to New Delhi this week comes at an important moment for both countries and governments. The US-India relationship occupied high priority and visibility during the Obama administration.

 
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Prior to his first official visit to India which begins today, US Secretary of State Tillerson chose to make a major policy speech on October 18 at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, entitled “defining our relationship with India for the next century”.

 
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India and the United States are the world’s largest democracies, separated by different worldviews. That has been the fundamental source of friction in the Indo-US relationship.

 

Across two administrations, America accused Pakistan of playing a double game while acting as an ally in the coalition of states fighting international terrorism.

 
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It may or may not be significant that the COAS stopped off in Saudi Arabia on his way back from the Muscat powwow on Afghanistan. And thought it may please certain elements to believe that this was nothing more than a sit down chat to discuss what to do about Nawaz, this likely wasn’t the case. More’s the pity.

 

Across two administrations, America accused Pakistan of playing a double game while acting as an ally in the coalition of states fighting international terrorism.

 
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The revival of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group and a near-simultaneous flurry of drone strikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border have underlined the complexity of peace and security in Afghanistan.

 

When the US President Donald Trump talked tough on Pakistan, underlining a new South Asia policy many in Delhi were ecstatic. For the public, American presidential bashing of Pakistan was unprecedented.

 

It’s a scene that wouldn’t be entirely out of place in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Yet in this regional adaptation, the theatre of the absurd is relocated to Muscat and the elusive Godot is recast as the Afghan Taliban.

 
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US relations with Pakistan resemble a broken affair between two unequal partners which will neither be healed nor end in a settlement.

 


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