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World News | Top US general visits Rawalpindi headquarters after year-and-a-half hiatus

Islamabad [Pakistan]Aug 20 (ANI): A senior US general visited Rawalpindi headquarters and met with the Pakistani army chief on Thursday after a year and a half hiatus.

Centcom Chief Michael E Kurilla met COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa; both discuss counterterrorism programs, The Express Tribune reported.

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It was the first visit by the Commander of the United States Central Command (Centcom), General Michael E Kurilla since he was appointed to this new post in April.

It was also the first visit by a senior US general to Pakistan since Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, then head of Centcom, visited Islamabad in February 2021, The Express Tribune reported.

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Although there has been interaction between the two militaries, no US general has visited Pakistan in the past 18 months, suggesting a hiccup in bilateral relations due to a chaotic US withdrawal. United of Afghanistan.

The new Centcom chief spoke with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on July 30, just 48 hours before the CIA drone attack killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul.

Pakistan, however, dismissed claims that the drone flew from its soil or its airspace was used.

But a flurry of recent exchanges between the two sides, both politically and militarily, has suggested there has been a reset in the relationship, The Express Tribune reported.

A statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the Centcom commander had a one-on-one meeting with the army chief.

“Issues of common concern, the regional security situation and stability, defense and security cooperation, especially military-to-military ties, were discussed at the meeting,” the media arm of the newspaper said. the army.

Pakistan and the United States have long-standing defense ties, dating back to the Cold War era. At one time, Pakistan was dubbed America’s “most allied” ally. The close defense ties have helped Pakistan gain access to some of the advanced military hardware.

But the relationship has often been marred by mistrust as the two countries have held divergent views on certain strategic issues.

The strengthening of US military and strategic ties with India worries Pakistan. Islamabad felt that Washington’s defense deals with New Delhi would hurt the country’s interests, The Express Tribune reported.

Another factor that has rocked Pakistan’s longstanding relationship with the United States is Islamabad’s ever-growing ties with Beijing, which Washington views with great suspicion.

Meanwhile, the individual call was followed by a meeting at delegation level. The counter-terrorism efforts of the Pakistani military and its significant contributions to regional peace and stability were discussed. The military training exchange program between Pakistan and the United States was also discussed.

Later, the visiting dignitary toured the Army Museum and took a keen interest in various historical enclosures, reports The Express Tribune. (ANI)

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