ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif Sunday left for United States on a five-day long visit to hold crucial talks on security issues and regional situation with American civil and military leadership.
In Washington on Sunday, he is scheduled to meet Secretary of State John Kerry, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, US Army Chief General Mark A Milley and Director CIA John Brennan.
The army chief, according to sources, is also scheduled to hold discussions with US Vice President Joe Biden. He is also likely to visit the Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
Sources said the Army Chief in his interaction with both the US civil and military leadership will highlight Pakistan’s ongoing military offensives against terrorists along the Pak-Afghan border.
They said that the army chief will inform US leadership of successes and achievements in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pak-Afghan border situation and negotiations with Afghan Taliban leadership during his November 15-20 visit.
The sources further said that besides the issues of mutual interests, the Afghan reconciliation efforts and Pakistan’s possible role would be a key agenda item of the army chief meetings with both civil and military leadership of the US.
Pakistan has already successfully hosted a first round of direct talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government and the army chief would reiterate Pakistan’s role as a facilitator to bring both the parties to table.
Source: Business Reocrder