US welcomes 4-nation counter-terror alliance

Published: August 7, 2016

The United States has welcomed a quadrilateral alliance between Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Tajikistan to combat terrorism in the region. On Wednesday, the four nations joined hands to form a Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) to counter the menace.

“We view it [QCCM] as a positive,” the State Department’s deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at a routine news briefing on Friday.

Four-nation mechanism set up to fight terrorism

“There’s a lot of work to be done, there’s a lot of problems to be addressed, so we certainly don’t view any effort to more closely coordinate among those countries – all of whom are affected by terrorism – as a negative at all,” he said when asked how helpful the new alliance would be to the US in fighting terrorism.

Speaking about China’s role in the QCCM in particular, Toner said the US “doesn’t view it as counterproductive in any way.”

“We don’t view it as a zero-sum game that China pursues closer ties – certainly in the security field and certainly in the counterterrorism field – with Central Asian countries,” he said.

Pakistan joins quadrilateral group to counter terrorism

In response to question about the Indian home minister’s visit to Pakistan to attend a ministerial meeting of the Saarc.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • AD
    Aug 7, 2016 - 8:54AM

    Pakistan so blindly bringing Chinese into the region will be trying very hard to move them out 25 years into future.Recommend

  • Aug 7, 2016 - 9:27AM

    If the US is ten thousand miles away, the PRC is on our border. If an emergency occurs the US will arrive (if they arrive) when the ‘game is over,’ and PRC will be on the spot when ‘game on hai.’
    China is a fast emerging superpower and it will be the height of ignorance and stupidity to look for security assistance to the USA and Europe. Salams Recommend

  • syed
    Aug 7, 2016 - 10:32AM

    To US:
    Since you are so insensitive to the people, we had to clean up the mess you created.
    It would be good if could contribute constructively…but you just like to bomb people and move on to next stage.
    Its all a video game to you.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Aug 7, 2016 - 11:45AM

    It will fail miserably, because China support Pakistan terrorism against India, and already there is statement from US, that Pakistan is selective against terror, therefore financial aid of three million dollars was denied.Recommend

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