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ISAF Commander, Pakistani General Discuss Security Goals
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/15/c_131974924.htm
Source Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: Pakistan
Created: Nov 15, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) --Top military commanders of foreign forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday discussed ways of building up pressure on militants and boosting cross- border cooperation, officials said.

Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Lieutenant General Nick Carter, met with Lieutenant General Waheed Arshad, Chief of the General Staff Pakistan Army as part of a regular series of engagements aimed at bolstering the military- to-military relationship between ISAF and Pakistan, as well as improving security in the region.

Lieutenant General Carter and Lieutenant General Arshad discussed a variety of issues relating to their mutually shared goals of peace and stability in the region, including pressuring militant groups and strengthening cross-border cooperation along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, an army statement said.

This ongoing strategic dialogue between senior ISAF and Pakistani leaders, supported by frequent discussions at lower levels, has enhanced the effectiveness of operations on both sides of the border, it said.

"ISAF and Pakistan are committed to peace and security on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, so these discussions are very important," Carter said. "We are committed to achieving enduring solutions to security issues."

The meeting occurred at a time when tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan over the cross border firing is heightened and Pakistan said on Sunday that four people were killed in Afghan shelling. Pakistan has summoned Afghan ambassador over the shelling.
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