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Army Chief General Munir Boosts US-Pakistan Security Ties

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that both sides explored avenues for joint training and emphasized the importance of enhancing training interactions between CENTCOM and the Pakistan Army.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir, presently on an official visit to the United States, toured the Headquarters Central Command in Tampa Bay, Florida. During his visit, he engaged in discussions with CENTCOM Commander General Michael Erik Kurilla, focusing on shared interests, particularly collaboration in regional security matters.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that both sides explored avenues for joint training and emphasized the importance of enhancing training interactions between CENTCOM and the Pakistan Army. General Munir also visited the CENTCOM Joint Operations Center as part of his visit.

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General Munir arrived in the US last week, marking his inaugural official visit to the country since assuming office in November of the previous year. During his visit, he held meetings with high-ranking US officials, including Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, Secretary of Defense General (Retd) Lloyd J Austin, Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer, and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Q Brown.

The ISPR’s statement highlighted that Pakistan and the US agreed to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism and defense collaboration in these meetings. In response to inquiries about General Munir’s ongoing visit, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller mentioned on Monday that the army chief had met several senior officials at the State Department and Pentagon.

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He emphasized that Pakistan, as a major non-NATO ally of the United States and a NATO partner, is looked upon as a key collaborator in regional security and defense cooperation.