ISLAMABAD: General James Mattis, Commander of US Central Command, departed Pakistan today after holding a series of meetings with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Secretary of Defence Lt Gen (Retd.) Asif Yasin Malik and other senior military officials.
The officials discussed a wide range of common security issues, including militant network activities and measures to improve cross-border cooperation.
General Mattis acknowledged the sacrifices made by the Pakistani military in their fight against extremists, and offered his condolences for the nearly 5,000 Pakistani military personnel who have fallen in support of that cause.
General Mattis was grateful for the time afforded him by his Pakistani counterparts and reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship — not only to ongoing operations in Afghanistan but also to regional stability. They agreed to continue to meet periodically to further common objectives on cross-border cooperation and regional security.