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Pentagon eyes long-standing partnership with Pakistan

09:26 AM | 6 Oct, 2022
Pentagon eyes long-standing partnership with Pakistan
Source: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (Twitter)

WASHINGTON – Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who visited Washington weeks before his scheduled retirement, called on US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, where two sides discussed ‘long-standing defense partnership’ during their meeting.

In a statement, the US defense secretary said ‘This year marks the 75th anniversary of relations between the US and Pakistan. It was my pleasure to host Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to the Pentagon.”

He further added that he discussed long-standing defense partnership and areas of mutual interest with Pakistan’s top general.

Underscoring the significance of this partnership, Pentagon said the long-standing partnership continues today with discussions focused on opportunities to address key mutual defence interests.

Local media reported that General Bajwa also exchanged views about international matters including India, China, and Afghanistan in his meetings with top US administration officials. General Bajwa also mentioned that Islamabad seeks an early resolution of the long-standing Kashmir issue.

He also called for improvement in bilateral relations, trade, and investment between Pakistan and US.

Following Army Chief’s week long trip to Washington, he left for his homeland.

Earlier, the military’s media wing, said the two sides discussed the “regional security situation and bilateral cooperation in various fields”.

“Both sides had convergence on major international issues, including Afghanistan,” and also on the “need for cooperation to avoid humanitarian crisis and improving peace and stability in the region”.

Diplomatic sources in Washington, however, say that the talks with US officials focused on renewing the strong defence partnership that once existed between the two allies.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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