US reiterates its support for Pakistan armed forces

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Pakistan-US DCG meeting

Mian Arshad

Islamabad—United States–Pakistan Defense Consultative Group, Wednesday, expressed satisfaction over the bilateral security partnership’s critical role in degrading Al Qaida and other violent extremists in the region.
The group recognized the sacrifices of Pakistan’s security forces in securing areas along the Pakistan Afghanistan border.
At the 25th meeting of the United States-Pakistan Defense Consultative Group (DCG) held here, Pakistan re-affirmed commitment to take action against all terrorists and violent extremists without discrimination.
United States reiterated its support for the Armed Forces of Pakistan in their ongoing operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including North Waziristan, and recognized the progress made in disrupting militant networks that has helped enhance security on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Pakistan’s delegation was led by Defense Secretary Lieutenant General (Retired) Zamir Ul Hassan Shah and the U.S. delegation was led by Principal Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy Ambassador David B. Shear.
The delegates recognized the centrality of the U.S.– Pakistan bilateral security partnership to their overall bilateral relationship and acknowledged that continued cooperation remains vital to promoting peace, security and stability in the region and beyond.
The United States acknowledged the progress made by Pakistan’s Armed Forces in operation Zarb-e-Azb. Pakistan side also expressed its support and desire for stability in Afghanistan, which remains a high priority objective for Pakistan as well.
United States appreciated significant contributions made by Armed Forces of Pakistan in promoting maritime security in the North Arabian Sea and Horn of Africa through its consistent participation in the U.S.–led Combined Maritime Forces, and recognized the Pakistan Navy for assuming command of Combined Task Force-150 operations.
Continuing support for bilateral and regional exercises, security assistance, operational re-imbursements and stability activities also came under discussion during the meeting. U.S. delegation noted Pakistan’s positive efforts to counter threats from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). To bolster this cooperation, both sides agreed to continue working together to build counter–IED capacity.
The delegation reaffirmed that the DCG remains an invaluable forum to discuss strategic defense policy issues and exchange views on shared security concerns. They committed to work towards deepening their strong and longstanding defense partnership. Joint statement was signed by the delegation heads at the end.