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US General Austin leaves Pakistan after successful meetings with army command

Web DeskISLAMABAD: General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of US Central Command departed Pakistan on Saturday after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani military leaders.According to a statement by the US Embassy, General Austin discussed with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Secretary of Defense, Lt Gen (Retd.) Asif Yasin Malik and...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 6, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 6, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago

Web DeskISLAMABAD: General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of US Central Command departed Pakistan on Saturday after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani military leaders.According to a statement by the US Embassy, General Austin discussed with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Secretary of Defense, Lt Gen (Retd.) Asif Yasin Malik and other senior military officials a broad range of common security issues, to include militant network activities and measures to improve cross-border cooperation with ISAF forces. General Austin also acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistani security forces and the terrible losses Pakistanis have suffered due to terrorism and violent extremism. He reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship to ongoing operations in Afghanistan and also to regional security and stability. All parties agreed to continue to meet periodically to further common objectives and to strengthen cooperation between the two militaries. General Austin said of his visit: “We had a good meeting and a candid discussion. Pakistan’s senior military leaders clearly understand their country’s important and unique role in promoting security and stability in Afghanistan and throughout the region as a whole. I am most grateful for their hospitality and look forward to our continued collaboration.” – SAMAA

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