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COAS Bajwa calls for building Pak-US ties in all domains

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for building the Pak-US bilateral relationship in all domains, including economic and security.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief expressed these remarks during a meeting with US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan Angela Aggeler.

During the meeting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwahoped for greater Pak-US bilateral cooperation in all domains in the future, it added.

COAS Bajwa also said that Pakistan sincerely supported the peace process and a prosperous, stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of the region in general and Pakistan in particular, the military’s media wing said.

Matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation, bilateral cooperation in various fields, fight against Covid-19 and recent developments in the Afghan peace process were discussed in the meeting.

The US dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts and support for peace and stability in the region and pledged to further enhance bilateral relations between both countries.

The meeting was held a day after General Qamar’s daylong visit to Kabul during which he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

He was also accompanied by UK Chief of Defence Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter and Director General of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the Afghan leadership of Pakistan’s support for “inclusive power-sharing arrangement” and “elections as a right of Afghans to self-determination.” The visit came just days after the US and other international forces started withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Since the beginning of the drawdown, which is set to complete by September 11, there has been a sudden spike in violence in Afghanistan.