Pakistan-US talks on defence resume

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America and Pakistan resume their defence session on Monday as relations between the 2 allies enter a brand new section of renewed cooperation.

A Pakistani delegation, headed by Secretary Defence retired Lt Gen Alam Khattak, was to succeed in Washington on Sunday evening for the talks. This would be the 23rd assembly of the US-Pakistan Defence Consultative Group, which was based to plot joint methods for combating militancy within the Pak-Afghan space.

The talks are held amid new indicators of enchancment in relations between the defence institutions of the 2 international locations.

“Tensions of the latest previous are being eliminated and a brand new consensus is rising,” mentioned a senior Pakistani diplomat whereas commenting on the talks. “Now there are extra convergences than variations.”

The talks will give attention to the post-2014 US army technique for the Pak-Afghan area and on Pakistan’s marketing campaign to eradicate terrorism.

“There’s a realisation that the marketing campaign should goal terrorists on each side of the Pak-Afghan border,” the diplomat mentioned. “Failure on one facet may have repercussions on the opposite facet too.”

The Defence Consultative Group permits each side to alternate views and coordinate defence coverage with the objective of strengthening defence cooperation to assist every nation’s safety pursuits.

Within the final assembly, each side acknowledged that their “defence partnership was very important to regional and worldwide safety and that it ought to proceed to endure and develop within the years forward.”

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