US, Pakistan back efforts for Afghan reconciliation
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top defence officials from America and Pakistan have discussed President Barack Obama’s decision to sustain a longer US military presence in Afghanistan and the administration’s counter-terrorism priorities.
At the 24th meeting of the US-Pakistan Defence Consultative Group (DCG) in Washington on Dec 16-17, the political and security situation in the region also came under discussion.
A joint statement issued on Friday said both sides reviewed the numerous challenges facing regional security and shared their views regarding the importance of regional peace and stability.
The participants also expressed support for efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan. The Pakistani delegation provided an update on cooperative activities with the Afghan National Defence and Security Force.
Both sides agreed continued cooperation, particularly border management between Pakistan and Afghanistan, is central to meeting the enduring security requirements on both sides of the Durand Line.
According to the statement, they expressed deep appreciation for the sacrifices of the US and Pakistani military personnel and civilians in the common fight against violent extremists.
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