United States Secretary of Protection Chuck Hagel met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Minister of Protection Khwaja Asif, Minister of Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Chief of Military Employees Raheel Sharif, Nationwide Safety and Overseas Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz, and different Pakistani officers on December 9, 2013 in conferences in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Secretary Hagel’s go to, the primary by a U.S. Secretary of Protection in over three years, was a chance to advance a broad, sturdy, and steady United States–Pakistan dialogue on subjects of shared concern, together with safety and stability within the area.
Secretary Hagel reviewed the mutually useful bilateral safety relationship and reaffirmed the sturdy U.S. dedication to fostering peace and safety within the area. The Secretary throughout his conferences additionally emphasised the U.S. want for a powerful, long-term partnership with Pakistan. He up to date the Prime Minister, Minister of Protection, and the Chief of the Military Employees on U.S. and NATO efforts to advertise stability in Afghanistan. Secretary Hagel raised the significance of preserving the bottom provide routes out of Afghanistan open.
Throughout his assembly with the Prime Minister, the Secretary reviewed shared considerations relating to the actions of terrorist teams, together with the Haqqani community, on Pakistani territory. He additionally mentioned the sturdy U.S. safety help program designed to assist the Pakistani authorities’s battle in opposition to militants answerable for killing tens of 1000’s of Pakistanis. The Secretary harassed that as Worldwide Safety Help Forces draw down over the course of 2014, U.S. and coalition companions stay resolved to not let militants destabilize the area.
U.S. help to Pakistan continues to assist construct the counter-insurgency and counterterrorism capabilities of Pakistan’s safety forces, that are crucial to countering violence within the western border areas. Since 2002, Pakistan has acquired greater than $16 billion of safety help and reimbursements. Pakistan’s decided effort to root out terrorism and militancy by itself territory is important for making a secure surroundings for selling financial progress and prosperity.
The Secretary’s go to follows the 22nd Protection Consultative Group, held in Washington, D.C. on November 21-22. The Protection Consultative Group is answerable for establishing the scope and character of bilateral safety cooperation and is part of the Strategic Dialogue, which was re-energized throughout Secretary of State John Kerry’s go to to Pakistan in August and reaffirmed by Prime Minister Sharif and President Obama in October.