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    Allen, Kayani discuss terror threats

    KABUL (PAN): NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan Gen John Allen held high-level military talks with Pakistan, focusing mainly on the pressing terrorism threats troubling both countries.


    Allen who arrived in Islamabad on July 27th met Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to build on the positive momentum established during last month’s meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan-International Security Assistance Force  (ISAF) Tripartite Commission.


    “This visit helped advance our efforts to achieve regional stability.  Additionally, the meeting provided us perfect opportunity to refocus our attention on our continuing efforts to eliminate the corrosive effects of extremists operating on both sides of the border,” Allen said in statement issued by ISAF.


    Both commanders specifically discussed the mutual progress being made to eliminate terrorism, combat extremism and ensure both Pakistan and Afghanistan’s territory are no longer used as a safe haven for cross border attacks, said the statement. 


    The commanders also discussed current operational realities.


     During May’s Tripartite gathering, the first such discussion in nearly a year, commanders and key staff discussed issues of tactical, operational and strategic importance including cross-border cooperation. 


    The meeting served as an opportunity to renew everyone’s desire to address topics and issues of mutual importance, added ISAF.


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