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COAS General Raheel Sharif meets US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Pentagon

COAS General Raheel Sharif meets US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Pentagon
November 18, 2015
WASHINGTON (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Pentagon on Tuesday. They discussed Pak-US defense relations and regional security. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed the Pakistan delegation and underlined the strategic importance of Pak-US relations with shared history. He emphasized that the US values Pakistan and looks at its relations with Pakistan independent of all other countries. The US Defense Secretary appreciated Pakistan’s contributions and sacrifices in fighting the war on terror and acknowledged effects of successful operations against terrorists, which are opening opportunities for regional peace. “The US will play its part and fully support any effort of Pakistan in fighting terror and extremism in any way. We will continue to operate in a coordinated manner against this global menace,” he maintained. The COAS highlighted Pakistan’s perspective of regional challenges. He reiterated that backed by national consensus and with whole of nation approach, Pakistan is resolved to eliminate terrorism and extremism from its soil for good. Earlier, he visited Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters, Langley and met with Director CIA John Brennan. He discussed regional security challenges and way forward during the meeting with Director CIA. The COAS highlighted need for permanent stability and requirement of conducive environment in region for re-initiating Afghanistan owned and led reconciliation process. He said that Pakistan is making sincere efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, as it is in the interest of the entire region. Director CIA acknowledged accomplishments of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. During the meeting, John Brennan discussed the opportunities presented for the future of an enduring regional peace with Gen Raheel and praised Pakistan's efforts for the Afghan reconciliation process.