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Trilateral body discusses border security

Trilateral body discusses border security

May 14, 2012 - 11:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon):  After a year-long hiatus, top Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon and NATOinfo-icon military chiefs met to discuss cross-border cooperation on border security and counter-terrorism strategies.

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) statement said the Afghanistan-Pakistan-ISAF Tripartite Commission meeting was a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan -- assisting Afghan in providing security and stability.

These meetings signalled a renewed desire of all parties to address important topics and issues, the commander of the NATO-led force said.

“There was agreement these meetings are important to achieving continued progress toward our shared goals of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan so that Afghanistan can no longer be a safe haven for terrorists again,” said Gen. John R. Allen.

Allen held talks with Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi, Chief of General Staff of Afghan National Army, and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, on Sunday in Islamabad.

The meeting offered the opportunity for discussion by commanders and key staff on issues of tactical, operational and strategic importance, including cross-border cooperation. This discussion also set conditions for continued discussions in the future, said ISAF.


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