Lahore : Senator John McCain, Chairman of US Senate Arms Services committee, accompanied by a congressional delegation including senator Lindsey Graham and senator
Joe Donnelly who are on an official visit to Pakistan called on General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at Rawalpindi.
During the meeting matters of mutual interest and regional security with particular reference to Afghanistan situation came under discussion.
COAS dilated upon security challenges faced by Pakistan and Pakistan’s contribution in regional stability and global peace. Pakistan’s successes in war on terror, need for an effective border management across long porous Pak-Afghan border to check illegal movement on either side of the border were also discussed. COAS said that a stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest and relationship between both countries hold key for regional peace and security.
Senator McCain while acknowledging Pakistan’s successes in ZeA said Pak Army’s achievements in counter terrorism operations are phenomenal and reflect Pakistan’s determination to eliminate terrorism. He said Pakistan and US need to cement relations in all dimensions and must strive for greater coordination for optimal deliverance of peace dividend in the region.