RAWALPINDI: United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale on Thursday called on ArmyChief General QamarJaved Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) to discuss bilateral and regional security issues.
Themeeting comes days after US Ambassador David Hale met Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and reiterated that the US looks to Pakistan for decisive action against “all terrorist groups operating from its soil.” “We seek a sustained and irreversible effort to achieve an aspiration and commitment made public by Pakistani officials: an end to the use of Pakistan’ssoilfor attacks on its neighbours,” he had said.
Setting aside the concerns of Pakistani officials, the US envoy had said that Washington saw India as “a leading global power and a strategic partner in the IndoPacific region.
He added that the US was encouraging India and Pakistan to resume dialogue. On the occasion, Khawaja Asif had said that Pakistan and the US had not been able to overcome their trust deficit despite recent high-levelinteractions. “We haven’t as yet reached complete understanding.There isstill trust deficit,” theministersaidwhile talking to reporters on the sidelines of a Pak-US Track-II meeting hosted by theRegional Peace Institute. OnThursday,RoyalJordanian Air Force Commander Major General Yousef Ahmed Al-Hnaity also called on Gen Bajwa at the GHQ. “During themeetingmatters ofmutual interests were discussed. Commander appreciatedPakistanArmy’s professionalismandachievementsin the war against terrorism.