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tv   Secretary of State Tillerson in Afghanistan  CSPAN  October 24, 2017 12:53am-1:05am EDT

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announcer: if you missed any of
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this conversation, you can find it on our website, c-span.org. secretary of state rex tillerson is on an overseas trip this week. he is bitty -- visiting saudi arabia meeting with world leaders and discussing world relations with each country. inmade an unannounced visit afghanistan. here is a look at his brief remarks. sec. tillerson: i want to thank the chief executive and afghan leadership for meeting with me this morning. thought it was very important to stop here and afghanistan, coming to the southeast asia region as part of the policy and strategy that president trump
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has put forth. i want to thank ambassador leadership asheir well as the incredible military effort of the men and women here as well. the effort they put towards working towards peace. has made it clear in terms of our support for afghanistan and our support for a sovereign, unified, democratic afghanistan. charting a path to peace and self-reliance. that imperative at the end we deny safe haven to any in thist or extremist part of the world. it is ok. that's all right. we also want to work with regional partners to ensure that there are no threats to the region. this is a regional effort. it was rolled out in the
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strategy it elf. we deny others safe haven to terrorists. of president has assured me his firm commitment to our firm -- reform in afghanistan. preparationsssed for parliamentary elections in 2018. it is important that those elections go forward as well. we discussed the importance of all stakeholders to work with us, the united states, and also our other nato partners who take a great interest in this region, providing they fight against insurgents and provide stability for afghanistan. we have a lot of hard work and challenges ahead of us. united states is committed to
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seeing this through. i am happy to take a question or two. message -- you said in the past that is the pakistanis do not take firm action in denying safe haven to the taliban and other extremist, there would be cut in u.s. assistance. giving them actions that they could take a messy take those actions in a certain timeframe -- can you give us details on what that menu is and what the timeframe is? sec. tillerson: i will be traveling tomorrow to meet with pakistani leadership area did we have very specific requests of pakistan in order for them to take action to undermine the support of the taliban and other
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terrorist organizations receive. in this whole strategy, these are the conditions. our relationship with pakistan will be condition based on whether they take action that we feel is necessary to move the process forward and create opportunity for reconciliation and peace in afghanistan, but also ensuring a safer pakistan. conversations with pakistani leadership, we are concerned about the future of stability in afghanistan. they need a clear eyed view of the situation they are confronted with about the number of terrorist organizations that find they haven in pakistan. we want to work to make a more secure and able pakistan. -- stable pakistan. is there a part of the
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thoughy -- it seems as u.s. military presence is on the rise. sec. tillerson: the president has made it clear that we are here to stay until we can confirm a process. he has also made it clear it is not a blank check amendment. it is a conditions based commitment. if you consider the current situation at -- and afghanistan, we were talking about this a few minutes ago. you look a few years in the past at what the circumstances were. distance come quite a in terms of creating a more vibrant population, government, educational systems, larger economy. there are opportunities to strengthen the foundations of a
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prosperous afghanistan society. we have to continue the fight against when a military victory. there are moderate voices among the taliban. we are looking to engage with those voices. have them engage in a reconciliation process. we want their full involvement of dissipation in the government. if they are ready to renounce terrorism and violence and be committed to a stable, prosperous afghanistan. have you spoken with the pakistani sensors each on india. are you trying to reassure them about india's involved? anyoneve not spoken to
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in the pakistani leadership since these each i gave on india. that is something will be talking about tomorrow. i think our view of the relationship with india is one of strategic, not just for this region but in the context of this age it was about a free and open indo pacific region from japan to india. we believe india has a very important, positive role. to achieve a peaceful afghanistan as well. they are already creating important economic activity, create jobs, that is important to the future of afghanistan. they can be an important influence in creating the right environment in afghanistan. >> they give her much. >> -- thank you very much.
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>> the political commission, the taliban political commission office is still a couple. week, secretary tillerson would join secretary mattis on capitol hill taking questions from the senate foreign relations committee. we will have live coverage on eastern. 5:00 coming up tonight on c-span, the president awards the medal of honor to an army combat medic of the vietnam war. the chairman of the joint chiefs of that updates us on niger. combating violent extremism as well. the c-span buses traveling across the country on our 50 capital store.
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we recently stopped in frankfort kentucky, asking people what the most important issue is in their state. one of the more important issues that is going on in kentucky right now is public pensions. legislators are getting ready to call a special session to try to fund our pensions. it is important to all the public-sector workers and all of their families. includes firefighters, police officers, state workers, and various other members who have joined us and our partnering with us. it's very important and our coalition is trying to write and make sure that the legislators do the right thing and find a funding source for our pension. issues inthe biggest this state is the drug problem. even in rural kentucky, the drug problem is rampant, so that's
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one of the biggest issues. >> i work for the commonwealth of kentucky. the most pressing issue right now in the commonwealth is the employees retirement. >> voices from the states on c-span. now we take you to the white house for a ceremony to honor combat medic gary rose. he helps a 60 american soldiers over a four-day.

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