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CIA Director William Burns meets COAS Bajwa in Rawalpindi

The meeting focused on security in the region and the situation in Afghanistan. (Photo Online)

RAWALPINDI: United States Central Intelligence Director (CIA) Director William Burns on Thursday called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), US CIA Director-General met with General Qamar Javed Bajwa.  Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Faiz Hameed was also present on the occasion.

“It was reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Afghan people,” the statement said.

The meeting focused on security in the region and the situation in Afghanistan. William Jones appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region and reiterated his commitment to further strengthen Pak-US relations.

According to ISPR, William Burns assured continued cooperation for peace and stability in the region while Pakistan’s cooperation in the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was also appreciated.

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This is not the first time the CIA chief has visited Pakistan. According to reports, Burns had earlier travelled to Pakistan for meetings with the COAS and ISI director to explore the possibility of counterterrorism cooperation between the two sides.

However, the government officials had suggested that he was firmly told that Pakistan would not host the spy agency’s drone bases on its territory.