Islamabad tried to turn the tables on Afghanistan and India by alleging they were backing the TTP's terror attacks in Pakistan, but the charges were laughed out of the global forum, where experts are all too familiar with Pakistan's hosting of United Nations and US-designated terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, and Dawood Ibrahim, not to speak of sheltering the likes of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar.
"I think the specifics are best shared with you alone", he said, adding he is open to asking President Donald Trump to authorize the deployment of more than 3,000 troops if he determines it is necessary.
"We want to be your partners. And there are several methods, thanks to the Constitution, that we have to try to force a change in that relationship", Sen. Angus King whether the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was beneficial to the US, Mattis answered affirmatively.
Mattis further said he would be traveling to Islamabad soon, but did not give more details.
The speech marked his latest attempt to lay out his America First vision for a US foreign policy aimed at downgrading global bureaucracies, basing alliances on shared interests, and steering Washington away from nation-building exercises overseas.
Dunford told senators the new USA strategy would cost an additional $1.1 billion a year, bringing annual the cost to about $12.5 billion. The more than 3,000 additional US troops going to Afghanistan will be focused primarily on providing training and advisory support to the Afghan security forces.
While playing up the mission, the latest USA effort to stamp out a resurgent Taliban, the Pentagon is refusing to divulge the exact number of troops being deployed. The U.S.is looking for India to provide more economic and development assistance to Afghanistan. "And that role, from our perspective, is a wholly positive one right now", Mattis said in response to a question. "I pledge the Department of Defense will be fully responsive to your requirement to be kept appraised of current and planned operations".
Today, there are about 11,000 USA troops in Afghanistan along with more than 320,000 Afghan and coalition forces.
Both officials were testifying at the US Senate Armed Services Committee on the US's strategy in Afghanistan+. "If not, I'll go back in" to ask Trump for additional troops.
Mattis, a former Marine general, has indicated his reluctance to leave the nuclear deal before. However, this was after McCain raised growing concerns over the disconnect between Congress and the Pentagon.
The US-Pakistan relationship has soured rapidly after Trump came to power.