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US Secretary of Defence retired Gen Llyod Austin (L) and Chief of Military Workers Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Chief of Military Workers Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Secretary of Defence retired Gen Llyod Austin had a dialogue over the cellphone on Wednesday on the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan, Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR) stated.

In line with the navy’s media wing, throughout the name, different issues of mutual curiosity and the regional safety scenario — together with the newest developments within the Afghan peace course of — had been additionally mentioned.

ISPR quoted Gen Bajwa as saying that “Pakistan will always support an Afghan-led, Afghan owned peace process based on mutual consensus of all stakeholders”.

Gen Bajwa “also reiterated that peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan”, ISPR stated.

“The US dignitary also acknowledged Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to further enhance bilateral relations between both the countries,” stated the assertion.

Assertion by US Dept of Protection

In the meantime, in keeping with a press release by the US Dept of Protection, Secretary Austin spoke by cellphone with Gen Bajwa “to discuss regional stability and security”.

“During the call, Secretary Austin reaffirmed the importance of the US– Pakistan bilateral relationship and expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s support for Afghanistan peace negotiations,” learn the assertion.

“Secretary Austin and General Bajwa also discussed the drawdown in Afghanistan,” it added.

In line with the assertion Secretary Austin and Gen Bajwa “discussed the importance of regional stability” and the will for the USA and Pakistan “to continue working together on shared goals and objectives in the region”.

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