Top Pentagon official meets Pak leadership
Washington: A top Pentagon official has discussed the "significantly improved" bilateral defense relationship in Pakistan between the two countries, the US Department of Defence said.
During his day-long travel to Islamabad, the Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton B Carter met with senior Pakistani government and defence officials including Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs and National Security and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff.
During his meetings with the senior Pakistani officials, Carter expressed his condolences for the recent killing by extremists of three Pakistan military personnel, including Maj Gen Sanaullaha commander of Swat Division, the Pentagon Press Secretary, George Little, said yesterday.
"He also discussed the significantly improved bilateral defence relationship between the United States and Pakistan, which has made important contributions to the security interests of both countries," Little said in a statement.
Carter also met with US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson and Commander of the Office of the Defense Representative Pakistan (ODRP) Lt Gen Greg Biscone at the US Embassy Islamabad.
Carter, who is in India now also visited Afghanistan at the beginning of the trip during which he met the top Afghan leadership and the American diplomats and generals based in the country, during which they discussed the progress made toward the bilateral security agreement, support for the Afghan national security forces and conditions needed to ensure Afghanistan`s safety and security through 2015 and beyond, Little said.
"He also noted the tremendous progress made by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) this fighting season, the first in which they`ve assumed full lead," he said.
In addition to the series of high level meetings, Carter visited International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces in Bastion, Shindand, Gardez and Ghazni to commend them on their ongoing efforts and successes.
"He also visited Herat to pay tribute to the men and women impacted by the recent attack on the US Consulate, and to praise Afghan and ISAF forces for their quick and decisive action," Little said.
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