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US CENTCOM chief Gen. Kurilla visited Pakistan to discuss security issues with COAS Gen. Asim Munir

ISLAMABAD: A few days after holding a video-meeting, the U.S. CENTCOM chief General Michael E. Kurilla visited Islamabad and held meetings with Pakistani military leadership (COAS and CJCSC) to discuss bilateral security matters and reaffirm security ties between the two countries.

General Kurilla reached Islamabad on Dec 14 and left Pakistan on Dec 16 after holding meetings with Pakistan’s Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir and CJCSC Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza.

According to the US Embassy’s statement, the bilateral meetings were aimed to conduct a review of troops and discuss bilateral security cooperation.

Meanwhile, the army chiefs of both the countries discussed options to promote regional stability.

During his visit, Gen Kurilla also met Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza at the Joint Staff Headquarters to reaffirm the bilateral commitment to partnership and address shared security challenges.

The US Gen. Kurilla also visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and discussed the security situation along border with Afghanistan.

For 75 years, the United States has valued its long-standing bilateral partnership with Pakistan, including by providing more than $97 million this year to support flood relief, food security, and disaster preparedness in Pakistan.

As Pakistan continues to recover from the floods, U.S. government support will remain steadfast, it added.

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