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May 10, 2016

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US, Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties

US, Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and the US on Monday shared the resolve to enhance the existing defence cooperation. This understanding was reached during a meeting of General Joseph L Votel, commander of US Central Command, and Lt Gen (retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak, Secretary Defence. They exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and enhancing the defence cooperation.

Pakistan highly values its relationship with the US, which is spread over six decades and areas including trade, economy, investment, energy, defence and people-to-people contact. It was discussed in the meeting that there is a need of further enhancement and diversification of defence relations by transcending from present confines of counterterrorism to the realm of conventional defence.

Secretary Defence expressed concern on the issue of resolution of sale of F 16s to Pakistan stating that these aircraft are essential for over fight against terrorism. He further stated that Operation Zarb e Azab and National Action Plan are testament of Pakistan s commitment in its fight against terrorism and extremism.

The Secretary also inquired about the status of road map regarding future reimbursement mechanism in lieu of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) beyond 2016. General Joseph acknowledged the role played by Pakistan Armed Forces in their fight against terrorism.

He added that continued support from US in training equipment and necessary funding will act as tools essential to fight against terrorist outfits. General Joseph Leonard Votel is a four star General in the United States Army who has recently assumed the command of United States Central Command. Before that he served as commander of United States Special Operations Command.

 

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