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Press Release

Rawalpindi- August 18, 2017

General Joseph L. Votel, Commander United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) along with his delegation met General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today.  Matters of professional interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.

COAS highlighted the importance Pakistan accords to its relations with US, particularly security cooperation and efforts towards regional stability. COAS said that Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour. He reiterated his commitment to work in close coordination with Afghan security forces and US-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for improved security environment in Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

While referring to Afghanistan and Pak-US relations, COAS said that no other country has more interest for peace in Afghanistan than Pakistan. He further said that more than financial or material assistance, we seek acknowledgement of our decades long contributions towards regional peace and stability, understanding of our challenges and most importantly the sacrifices Pakistani nation and its security forces have rendered in fight against terrorism and militancy.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Mr David Hale was also present.