ISPR: (Pakistan determined to eliminate terrorism, extremism from its soil: COAS)

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif held a meeting with US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington and discussed bilateral defence relations and regional security.

Speaking on the occasion, army chief said Pakistan is determined to eliminate terrorism and extremism from its soil through efforts backed by national consensus. The US Defense Secretary emphasised that the United States values its relations with Pakistan.

He appreciated Pakistan’s contributions and sacrifices in war on terror and acknowledged effects of successful counter terror operations. Ashton Carter said his country fully supports Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and extremism.

Army Chief also held meetings with Deputy Secretary Defence Robert O. Work, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Joseph Dunford, Chief of Army Staff General Mark A Milley, and Commander CENTCOM General Lloyd James Austin.

He discussed with them cooperation in defence sector, strengthening military to military relations, regional security, need for enhanced coordination and increased training exchanges. CJCS General Dunford hosted a banquet in honor of General Raheel Sharif.