ISI chief's US visit went 'very well'

Official at Pakistani Embassy in Washington says visit has put the intelligence component back on track completely.


Huma Imtiaz July 15, 2011

WASHINGTON: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha departed Washington on Thursday  after meeting Acting Director Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Michael Morell, Special Representative AfPak Mark Grossman and officials from the White House and the US state department.

A senior US government official has said that the meeting between DG ISI and his CIA counterpart went very well and both sides agreed on a number of steps that will improve Pakistan and the United States’ national security.

Another source familiar with the meetings said that they were held in a cordial environment. The source said that the subjects of the meetings included co-operation in intelligence matters, Pakistan's concerns and respect for its limitations.

A senior official at the Pakistani embassy in Washington said the meetings helped stabilise the intelligence partnership between the two countries.

"Both sides were able to agree on the way forward in intelligence," the Pakistani official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"This visit has put the intelligence component back on track completely."

Pasha made a brief visit to Washington, arriving on Wednesday and leaving on Thursday, to meet with Acting CIA Director Michael Morell and other intelligence officials. Both sides sought to renew ties of cooperation and move forward in an often challenging relationship.

WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM REUTERS

COMMENTS (60)

Cynical | 10 years ago | Reply

US needs Pakistan in the fight against terror but more than that it needs a base to counter China. They can't trust the hindu baniya nation India. That's the bottom line.

Hedgefunder | 10 years ago | Reply @Ahmad: It would help if Pakistanis, not Pakistan, understand that the nature of this relationship is of Master & Servant !! Nothing more when the need is not there, the servant will be fired, Pronto !!! Time the Actual people of Pakistan, understand this logic and start planning their very own syrvival in the absense of such employment, rather than following all the BS told to them by their Army and Politicians, as they will be gone to reside elsewhere with their ill gotten gains to the safety and security of various host nations !! We in Uk are well aware of this fact ! Having to pay for Musharraf's security costs, as this is funded by us the UK taxpayers !!!! Some leaders this country has produced in last 60 years !!! Has any Pakistani ever wondered as to How Jinnah would have reacted to the current state of affairs, or is it the case that he is only a picture on your currency????
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