August 11, 2021
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin Wednesday made a phone name to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to debate “mutual goals of security” within the area.
The US defence secretary’s name comes within the backdrop of adjusting state of affairs in Afghanistan, the place the Taliban have made fast advances in current weeks and managed to take management of over six principal capitals.
According to a handout issued by the US Department of Defence, “During the call, Secretary Austin expressed his interest in continuing to improve the US – Pakistan relationship and build upon our multiple shared interests in the region.”
“Secretary Austin and General Bajwa discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, regional security and stability, and the bilateral defence relationship more broadly,” it added.
Pentagon’s assertion about terrorists’ secure havens
A day earlier, the Pentagon had mentioned that the US was having a dialogue with Pakistan over the alleged presence of secure havens for terrorists on the Pak-Afghan border, which it mentioned had been the sources of instability and insecurity within the area.
Speaking to media on Monday, Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby had burdened on the neighbours of Afghanistan to chorus from actions that jeopardise regional safety.
He had mentioned dialogue was underway with Pakistan on secure havens for militants on the Pak-Afghan border, including: “Pakistan has also been a major victim of terrorism”.
Responding to a query, Kirby had mentioned, “So, we’re all — we all have a shared sense of — of the importance of closing down those safe havens and — and not allowing them to be used by the Taliban or other terrorist networks to sow discord. And again, we’re having that conversation with the Pakistanis all the time.”
Expressing the resolve to proceed Washington’s assist to the Afghan authorities, the Pentagon spokesperson had mentioned the US will proceed to offer aerial assist to the Afghan Air Force each time it’s wanted.