Mattis says will try to work with Pakistan “one more time”

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 4 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations between the two countries have been […]

US Defense Secretary Mattis suggests sticking with Iran nuclear deal

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 4 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal unless it were proven that Tehran was not abiding by the agreement or that it was not in the US national interest to do so. Although […]

Mattis says US committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

By Idrees Ali SINGAPORE, Jun 2 : US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said today the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he headed to the region’s premier defense and security forum. Mattis said that in a speech on Saturday to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore he would talk about the “international […]

Mattis to focus on NKorea at Asian forum as allies seek clear US policy

By Idrees Ali and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 31 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to press for greater cooperation to contain North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat at a regional security forum in Singapore later this week, where for years Washington has sought to spotlight China’s expansion in the strategic South China […]

US reviews Syria safe zones but warns “devil’s in the details”

By Phil Stewart COPENHAGEN, May 8 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today the United States would closely examine proposed de-escalation zones aimed at easing Syria’s civil war but warned “the devil’s in the details” and that much needed to be worked out. The deal to create “de-escalation” zones in the major areas of […]

US defense secretary arrives in Djibouti to visit key military base

By Idrees Ali DJIBOUTI, Apr 23 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Djibouti today to visit an important military base at the southern entrance to the Red Sea used as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia. The visit, part of Mattis’ week-long trip to the Middle East and Africa, comes […]