Pakistani envoy meets US defense secretary

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Ali Jahangir Siddiqui meets US Defence Secretary

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Envoy to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui on Monday meets US Secretary of Defense General James Mattis.

In this meeting, Bilateral ties were discussed. Siddiqui visited Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, where different things discussed including Pakistan’s ties with Afghanistan and the security situation of the region.

Brigadier Kamal Anwar Chaudhry,Pakistan’s Defence and Army Attaché, also accompanied Siddiqui on his visit to the Pentagon.

According to GEO News, “Earlier this month, Siddiqui had said both Pakistan and the US were aware of the issues surrounding bilateral ties. Speaking to Geo News in Dallas, the Pakistani envoy said the two countries were working towards the restoration of their bilateral relationship”.

In an interview to Bloomberg TV, Siddiqui said Pakistan was working on a second portion of a fence at its border with its war-ravaged neighbour Afghanistan. The fence is a clear sign of Pakistan’s interest in ending the regional conflict and will help Pakistan and Afghanistan equally in doing so, Siddiqui said.

US Army Lieutenant General Austin Miller, Trump’s nominee to head the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, said in a statement to a Senate panel last month that Pakistan had made “many sacrifices” and “its security forces have fought bravely,” but “we have not yet seen these counter-terrorism efforts against anti-Pakistan militants translate into definitive actions against Afghan Taliban or Haqqani leaders residing in Pakistan.”

“Until we complete this fence, it’s unreasonable to say we aren’t doing anything,” Siddiqui had remarked.

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