US acknowledges Pakistan’s anti-terror role

Islamabad: The United States on Monday acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terrorism.

According to the declaration issued by the US Embassy on Monday, US CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth F. McKenzie’s was in Pakistan on two-day official visit.

During the visit, the US CENTCOM Commander discussed matters pertaining to Pakistan’s role in facilitating peace talks in Afghanistan.

“In his meetings, General Kenneth F McKenzie reaffirmed the United States commitment to security and stability in the region,” the declaration said.

The US CENTCOM Commander also expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism and learned of the recent moves against extremist groups in Pakistan under the National Action Plan (NAP).

Earlier, General Kenneth F McKenzie called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad and discussed geostrategic situation.

During the meeting, Afghanistan issue and escalating tensions between India and Pakistan were also discussed. The US commander appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in war against terrorism.

Defense Minister Pervez Khattak and Secretary Foreign Affairs Tehmina Janjua were also present on the occasion.

The US CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth F McKenzie was in Pakistan on a two-day visit during which he held meeting with Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at the Naval Headquarters and deliberated on the matters pertaining to maritime security.

The Naval Chief apprised the US commander about the steps taken by Pakistan Navy to curb maritime terrorism and piracy.

According to Navy’s spokesperson, General McKenzie was welcomed by the Naval chief upon his arrival at the Naval Headquarters, here.

Both the dignitaries discussed matters related to bilateral interests and maritime security.

The Naval chief apprised the US commander about the steps taken by Pakistan Navy to curb maritime terrorism and piracy.

General McKenzie assured to provide every possible cooperation for regional peace and stability.

On Sunday, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the US CENTCOM Commander and discussed the overall security situation in the region.

Matters of mutual interest including Afghan peace process and situation on eastern border were also discussed in the meeting, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

ISPR said both Generals discussed geostrategic situation along with regional security issues.