Principal Deputy Secretary of Defence along with a Defence and State Department delegation visits Ministry of Defence in connection with 23rd Defence Consultative Group Meeting

Rawalpindi, August 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Principal Deputy Secretary of Defence Ms. Kelly Magsamen along with a Defence and State Department delegation visited Ministry of Defence in connection with 23rd Defence Consultative Group Meeting (DCG)-Interim Progress Review (IPR) between Pakistan and the United States.

The meeting started with the delegation head Ms. Kelly Magsamen calling on Secretary Defence Lt General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak in his office at the Ministry of Defence. The USA has acknowledged that Pakistan is a stabilizing factor in the wake of drawdown and Pakistan primarily wants peace in the region. For attaining the goal of peace Pakistan is cooperating with players in the region especially Afghanistan.

Secretary Defence Lt General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak appraised the visiting delegates regarding the help and support, Pakistan is giving to the Afghan Government. The delegation appreciated the role of Pakistan in supporting the talks between Taliban and Afghan Government thereby increasing bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Secretary highlighted the need for expanding the scope of Defence Forum stating that “Pakistan is at the frontline fighting for the stability of the region. He added that it is with the support of the US Coalition Forces and Pakistan Armed Forces that peace in Afghanistan had become possible. Pakistan Armed Forces is committed to flush terrorist out of the area in the form of continuing operation Zarb-e-Azb”.

The formal discussions opened with welcome address by the Additional Secretary, Rear Admiral Mukhtar Khan. The Forum discussed all outstanding issues related to defence cooperation between USA and Pakistan with the hope that they will be resolved on priority basis.

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