US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that he does not enjoy dealing with Pakistan. Tillerson’s statement was made during a town hall meeting held with employees of the US State Department.
When asked if he enjoyed his job, Tillerson replied that he was learning to enjoy it but did not enjoy the task of dealing with countries such as Pakistan and North Korea.
According to the US Secretary of State, relations with Pakistan which he termed an important and valued partner had drifted and had to be brought back to one of common interest.
Tillerson visited Pakistan in October and held meetings with the country’s top political and military leadership.
“Pakistan is important regionally to our joint goals of providing peace and security to the region and providing an opportunity for greater economic relationship,” Tillerson was quoted as saying during his meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The US Embassy, in a statement released, said the secretary of state reiterated President Trump’s message that Pakistan must increase its efforts to “eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country”.