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General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Commander International Security Assistance Force meet

Rawalpindi, April 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army, and General Joseph F. Dunford, Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), met today as part of the continuing tri-partite commission effort to strengthen military-to-military cooperation and regional stability.

This was General Dunford’s first visit to Pakistan in his official capacity as ISAF Commander. Placing a high priority on the ISAF-Pakistan relationship, General Dunford had previously met with General Kayani in the days preceding his assumption of command in February.

During the session today, the two military leaders discussed a variety of issues related to strengthening cooperation and pressuring militants who threaten security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

General Kayani reiterated Pakistan’s stance and desire for peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan and the need for a successful Afghan-owned-Afghan-led peace process. He emphasized the need to continue supporting all efforts to bring peace in Pak-Afghan border region. He urged ISAF to help Pakistan check cross border attacks launched from inside Afghanistan.

“The Pakistani, the Afghans and the international community all desire peace and security in the region. These meetings are important to achieving that goal as we continue to explore ways to expand our relationship”. General Dunford said.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 927 1605
Fax: +9251 927 1601
Email: ispr@ispr.gov.pk

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