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Allen meets Kayani, his successor in Islamabad

Allen meets Kayani, his successor in Islamabad

Feb 07, 2013 - 15:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Outgoing chief of US-led forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon Gen. John Allen was joined in Islamabad by his successor, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who is to assume command of the 50-nation coalition force on Sunday, and met with Pakistaninfo-icon's army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the alliance said on Thursday.

An ISAFinfo-icon statement in Kabul said the trip was the last Allen made to Pakistan as ISAF commander. He held talks with Kayani as part of a regular series of engagements aimed at bolstering military-to-military relationship between the alliance and Pakistan and improving security in the region.

Both military leaders discussed a variety of issues relating to their mutually shared goals of peace and stability in the region and strengthening cross-border cooperation, the statement said.

Acknowledging there is more to do, Allen and Kayani were pleased with the progress to date.  "This ongoing strategic dialogue between the two four-star generals, supported by frequent discussions at lower levels, has enhanced the effectiveness of operations on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border," the NATOinfo-icon-led force said.



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