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)
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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”.

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