ISLAMABAD: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has commended the sacrifices and resilience of the people and armed forces of Pakistan, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said after a 20-minute telephone conversation with him on Thursday. He said Mattis appreciated the Pakistan Army’s role in battling the scourge of terrorism.
Both of them reaffirmed their countries’ commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. They agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels as well.
Gen Qamar also congratulated Mattis on assuming his new responsibilities as defence secretary and hoped that his vast experience in the field will be of great value to the region.