CENTCOM chief praises Pakistan Army's committed fight against terrorism

Published: November 18, 2014


TAMPA: United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Chief General Lloyd Austin praised Pakistan Army’s committed fight against terrorism during his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Radio Pakistan reported on Tuesday.

On his maiden visit to US, General Raheel has held a series of high-level meetings with American officials at the CENTCOM headquarters in Florida.

Personally received by General Austin in Tampa, the COAS was also given a military guard of honour.

During his meeting with the CENTCOM chief, General Raheel put forward Pakistan’s perspective on regional security and improving Pakistan-Afghan relations, following Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Islamabad.

Recent Indian aggression along the Line of Control was also part of discussions.

A spokesperson of the State Department told journalists that these meetings focused on a range of issues including border security and proved to be both positive and productive.

He also said that the US has a broad relationship with Pakistan and General Raheel’s visit would help in strengthening bilateral ties further.

Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts were acknowledged by the spokesperson when he responded to a question. The ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan was also defined as extremely important.

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  • Nov 18, 2014 - 1:12PM

    What is the declared purpose to visit US Central Commend by parallel power center of Pakistan.?


    Nov 21, 2014 - 8:18PM

    We greatly appreciate all of Pakistan’s sacrifices in our shared fight against terrorism. The terrorists are fully focused on working against our peace objectives in the region, and to say the least, our nations are fighting the same terrorists and suffering at the hands of the same terrorists. Terrorist organizations like the TTP have voiced their displeasure over our alliance on many occasions. It has been widely reported some of the terrorist organizations in the region have now started pledging their allegiance to ISIL. Having said that, it is simply in our best interest to form a healthy working relationship and combine our strength against our common enemies. Our officials from the highest level have been meeting regularly, and these meetings allow us to address our common concerns and build on our improving relationship. We remain fully optimistic in regard to the future of our relationship, and hope to communicate and cooperate effectively for the sake of achieving our shared peace objectives in the region.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM


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