General Bajwa discusses security issues, bilateral cooperation with top US officials

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October 05, 2022

General Bajwa said that the US assistance will be vital for the rehabilitation of the flood victims in Pakistan

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa speaks during an event in this undated photo. — AFP/File

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed gratitude to the senior US officials of the Biden administration over the country's help for the flood victims.

According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday, General Bajwa said that the assistance from “our global partners would be vital for the rescue and rehabilitation of the flood victims in Pakistan,” the military’s media wing said.

The army chief called on Secretary of Defence General (retd) Lloyd James Austin III, National Security Adviser Jacob Jeremiah Sullivan, and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Ruth Sherman during his visit to the United States.

The matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed during the meetings, the ISPR said.

General Bajwa thanked the US officials for their support for the flood relief in Pakistan.

Both sides agreed that Pakistan and the US had a long history of bilateral cooperation and both countries shall continue improving their economic, trade and investment ties, the ISPR statement said.

General Bajwa offered heartfelt condolence on the deaths and devastation as a result of the hurricane in Florida, the statement said. He said Pakistan fully understands the loss and pain of victims’ families as the country itself is facing drastic effects of climate change.

"Both sides had convergence on major international issues including Afghanistan and need for cooperation to avoid humanitarian crisis and improving peace and stability in the region," the statement said.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa Monday held these scheduled meetings with senior officials of the Biden administration as he began the second leg of his US visit yesterday.

General Bajwa arrived here on September 30th and met with the UN officials in New York. Pakistani officials are tight-lipped about the visit; however, sources confirmed that the army chief had started meeting with senior US officials in Washington DC on Monday.

General Bajwa is heading a delegation that will stay in the US for another couple of days, diplomatic sources said, terming the visit an important one that portrayed “robust relations” between the two countries.

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