Pakistani President, U.S army chief discuss security


Islamabad : Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of United States, met President Asif Ali Zardari and discussed fight against militancy and regional security situation on Saturday, the President office said.

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Both leaders also discussed matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations, a brief statement from the Presidency said.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and US Ambassador Ms. Anne W. Patterson were also present during the meeting.

Mike Mullen arrived in Pakistan to meet with Pakistani leaders and U.S. Embassy officials here, the U.S. embassy said.

He will also meet Pakistan army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of Air Staff, a statement from the U.S embassy said.

Sources said that Mike Mullen’s visit is aimed at taking into confidence the Pakistani political and military leadership about the sacking of top US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.

McChrystal was sacked by President Obama for making derogatory remarks about President Barack Obama and his team in a magazine interview.

The U.S Admiral arrived in Islamabad after he traveled to Afghanistan to assure Afghan leaders that there will be no change in the U.S policy after the removal of General McChrystal.

U.S Vice President Joe Biden had called President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to take them into confidence about the change of command in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile U.S. Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, visited the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Headquarters here today and met with Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Pakistan Air Force Chief of Air Staff, and other senior PAF officials, another U.S embassy statement said.

During his visit, the general placed a wreath on the PAF Martyrs’ Monument to honor the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s security forces and citizens in their fight against violent extremists, it said.