War on Taliban far from over, McCain tells Gen. Raheel
After a meeting with Gen. Raheel Sharif, who just concluded his visit to Washington, Senator John McCain hoped the two countries would continue working closely together in their own interest.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and other members of the panel met the general.
“The meeting was productive and informative to all members of the committee. We value our relationship with Pakistan during these very challenging times,” McCain said in a statement on Friday.
“Members believe that the fight against the Taliban is far from over and the Taliban continues to play a key role in the region,” McCain said.
The Pakistani Army had inflicted losses on the enemy at great sacrifice, McCain said, referring to the loss of so many brave Pakistani soldiers in the fight against terrorism.
The meeting focused on the situation in Afghanistan, the fight against the Islamic State and ways to improve coordination and cooperation between the two countries against the terrorists, he added.
“Going forward, I hope we will continue working closely together in the interest of both our countries,” McCain said.
Also on Friday, Gen. Raheel Sharif and Vice President Joe Biden called for the early resumption of the stalled peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
The two met at the White House and discussed wide-ranging issues, including the current regional security situation. They exchanged views for nearly two hours on regional security and stability.
“They stressed the early resumption of the reconciliation process to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan, which is critical to peace and stability in region,” said the Pakistan military spokesman.
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