In name with COAS Bajwa, US defence chief reiterates dedication to ‘sustaining sturdy’ ties with Pakistan
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday reiterated Washington’s “dedication to sustaining sturdy bilateral protection relationship with Pakistan”.
The Pentagon chief renewed the dedication in a telephone name with Chief of Military Workers Basic Qamar Javed Bajwa on March 21.
“Secretary Austin bolstered the US’ dedication to sustaining a robust bilateral protection relationship with Pakistan and expressed gratitude for Islamabad’s continued help for the Afghan peace course of,” stated a press assertion issued by the Division of Protection.
Within the telephone name, the US defence chief famous that he appears to be like ahead to “additional cooperation” between the 2 international locations in areas of widespread curiosity.
The telephone name got here simply weeks earlier than Washington is because of withdraw the final of its troops beneath a deal struck with the Afghan Taliban and Austin’s unannounced journey to Afghanistan on Sunday.
Kabul was the final cease on a whirlwind tour of Asia for the brand new Pentagon chief, a former profession soldier who served in Afghanistan as a division commander from September 2003 till August 2005.
Austin and his entourage flew into Afghanistan on a US-liveried plane as an alternative of a army airplane that often carries US officers to the war-torn nation.
Particulars of his go to had been stored beneath wraps for safety causes till after he left.
Earlier than Kabul, Austin had a sequence of conferences with Indian management throughout his go to to New Delhi.