Pakistan attaches great importance to restoring a robust bilateral relationship based on mutual respect, trust and shared values: COAS
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa formed part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s delegation on the three-day official visit to the U.S. from July 21-23, 2019. During the visit, he held important meetings with the civilian and military leadership. Discussions were held on matters related to regional security situation and bilateral military cooperation.
COAS visited Pentagon on July 22, 2019. On arrival, he was received by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) General Joseph F. Dunford and was presented with the guard of honour with 21 gun salute. COAS held a meeting with Acting Secretary of Defense Mr. Richard V. Spencer and CJCS where the regional security situation including the Afghan peace process was discussed. Both the Secretary and CJCS acknowledged contributions of Pakistan Armed Forces in the war against terrorism and its role towards Afghan peace process. He also met with Chief of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley. Matters related to security and bilateral military cooperation were discussed. Later, COAS visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay homage to national heroes of U.S. A special ceremony was held at the cemetery playing national anthem of both countries.
On July 23 COAS visited U.S. State Department and called on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The two discussed regional security issues, especially focusing on Afghan peace process, noting the importance of an Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled situation. Ways to improve progress of Afghan peace process and bilateral relationship as a follow-up to the summit meeting on July 22, 2019 also came under discussion. COAS reiterated, “Pakistan attaches great importance to restoring a robust bilateral relationship based on mutual respect, trust and shared values.”
Later that day, COAS met with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and General Jack Keane (R). Regional security situation, Afghan peace process and Pak-U.S. bilateral relationship were discussed. Senator Graham, recollecting his visit to Pakistan, appreciated Pakistan’s role in improving security dynamics in the region. COAS apprised them of the improved security situation in Pakistan and the resulting opportunities for foreign businesses to invest in Pakistan. Emphasizing on enhanced bilateral relationship COAS said, “Bilateral relationship holds potential for both countries and would also assist in regional stability.”
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