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Nicholson, Raheel confer on Afghan peace drive

Nicholson, Raheel confer on Afghan peace drive

Mar 22, 2016 - 09:40

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Resolute Support mission’s commander and the Pakistaninfo-icon Army chief have conferred on the current situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, including the reconciliation drive.

Gen. John Mick Nicholson, on his maiden trip to Pakistan, met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif on Monday at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.

A statement from the military said: "Matters of mutual interest and regional security, with particular emphasis on coordination along the Pak-Afghan border and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, were discussed."

A veteran with multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Nicholson commanded the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment as well as the 82nd Airborne Division.

Following security transition from NATOinfo-icon-led troops, the Afghan security forces have achieved mixed resultsin their first year of the fight against the Talibaninfo-icon on their own.

The first round of peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives was held in Murree in July 2015. But the talks collapsed after the Taliban confirmed the death of their founder Mullahinfo-icon Omar.

The visiting commander appreciated success of operation Zarb-i-Azb and Pakistan’s efforts for regional security. The military offensive is said to be in its final phase.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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