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US wants to continue improving ties with Pak: Pentagon
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 8/12/2021 10:46:01 AM
US wants to continue improving ties with Pak: Pentagon

Washington: The Pentagon has said that US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin conveyed to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa about Washington's interest in continuing to improve the US-Pakistan relationship.Secretary Austin "expressed his interest in continuing to improve the US-Pakistan relationship and build upon our multiple shared interests in the region", a statement said, the Dawn reported on Wednesday.

"Secretary Austin and General Bajwa discussed (during a telephonic conversation) the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, regional security and stability, and the bilateral defence relationship more broadly," Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.Austin also discussed the mutual goals of security and stability in the region, he said.

Responding to a journalist's question, Kirby said the US continues to have conversations with the Pakistani leadership about the safe havens that exist along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan."We are mindful that those safe havens are only providing a source of more insecurity and more instability inside Afghanistan. We are not bashful about having that discussion with Pakistani leaders," he said.

"We are also mindful that Pakistan and the Pakistani people also fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that region. So, we all have a shared sense of the importance of closing down those safe havens and not allowing them to be used by the Taliban or other terrorist networks to sow discord," Kirby said."And again, we're having that conversation with the Pakistanis all the time," he said.

Asked what role India and Pakistan should play in Afghanistan, the Pentagon spokesperson said: "We want all neighbouring countries not to take actions that make the situation in Afghanistan more dangerous than it is already, and to continue to try to use international pressure to get a negotiated peaceful political settlement to this war."


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