Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, who is in the United States on a five-day visit, met the Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss matters relating to regional security and underscored the need to resolve Kashmir issue, the military’s spokesman said, according to a private TV channel.
The director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, informed media through a series of tweets that General Raheel met John Kerry on Wednesday to talk about issues related to regional stability.
Challenges related to Afghanistan and India, and the measures to solve them dominated the discussion between the two dignitaries, Bajwa said. Kerry acknowledged the contributions and the enormous sacrifices made by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, the ISPR chief said. General Raheel and John Kerry talked about Afghan-owned reconciliation and the way forward in this regard.
On this occasion, the army chief also reiterated Pakistan’s desire to solidify the US-Pak relations based on mutual interest and respect. While on Tuesday, General Raheel met US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert O. Work, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) General Joseph Dunford, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley and Centcom (Central Command) chief General Lloyd Austin.
During these meetings, General Raheel and American officials discussed defence cooperation between the US and Pakistan and the need for enhanced defence co-ordination. After spending five days in Washington, the army chief would go to Brazil on a three-day visit for talks on cooperation between the militaries of the two countries. From Brazil, he will go to Ivory Coast to spend a day with Pakistani troops who have been serving there as part of the UN peace-keeping force.
Source: Business Recorder