US military leaders meet General Kayani

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, met on Wednesday with the Chief of Staff of Sultan’s Armed Forces. He also had a meeting with US military leaders to discuss regional security issues and explore new ways to better coordinate military operations.

According to ISPR, the meeting was attended by US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen; US Central Command Commander, General James Mattis; US Special Operations Command Commander, Admiral Eric Olson and General David Petraeus, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss with American officers the progress we have made fighting extremists in our country and to offer them my thoughts about how our two sides might better cooperate”, said Kayani. “Pakistan’s soldiers have fought bravely and accomplished much at great cost. We must honour those sacrifices by making sure our military operations are understood.”

Accompanying General Kayani was Major General Javed Iqbal, Director General of Military Operations and Brigadier Muhammad Saeed.

The two sides provided operational updates and also discussed the need for greater infrastructure development, cross-border communication and information sharing.

Though American commanders consult frequently with General Kayani, this was only the third time they have gathered together in this manner, since August 2008.