Commander U.S. CENTCOM and Delegation Meet COAS
General Joseph L. Votel, Commander United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) along with his delegation met General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on August 18. Matters of professional interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.
COAS highlighted the importance Pakistan accords to its relations with U.S., particularly security cooperation and efforts towards regional stability. COAS said that Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour. He reiterated his commitment to work in close coordination with Afghan Security Forces and U.S.-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for improved security environment in Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. While referring to Afghanistan and Pak-U.S. relations, COAS said that no other country has more interest for peace in Afghanistan than Pakistan. He further said that more than financial or material assistance, we seek acknowledgement of our decades long contributions towards regional peace and stability, understanding of our challenges and most importantly the sacrifices Pakistani nation and its security forces have rendered in fight against terrorism and militancy.
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. David Hale was also present on the occasion.
(PR-424/2017-ISPR, August 18, 2017)
United States Delegation Headed by Commander U.S. CENTCOM Visits NWA
United States’ Delegation headed by General Joseph L. Votel, Commander United States Central Command (U.S. CENTCOM), visited North Waziristan Agency on August 19. The delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army's operations in NWA and Pak-Afghan border security mechanism through enhanced surveillance measures. The delegation was also briefed about progress on the socio-economic developments including return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs).
The delegation appreciated efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army and local tribes for re-establishing peace and order in the area. The visiting dignitaries also realized the importance of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security coordination. Later, the delegation visited APS Miranshah and interacted with students.
Earlier, upon arrival at North Waziristan Agency the delegation was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lt Gen Nazir Ahmad Butt. Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Chief of General Staff accompanied the delegation. (PR-425/2017-ISPR, August 19, 2017)