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NATO Commander briefs Pakistan army chief of operation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 8, IRNA -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NATO’s Int'l Security Assistance Force commander, traveled to Pakistan Friday to provide an update on ISAF’s current operations in Afghanistan and to consult with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Gen. McChrystal visits Pakistan regularly to consult with Gen. Kayani and Pakistan’s leaders on ISAF’s activities, the embassy spokesman said.

“ISAF and the U.S. continue to collaborate and partner with Pakistan to achieve our mutual goals of defeating violent extremists and establishing peace and security in Pakistan and the region,” he said in a statement.

Separately Pakistan army statement said that McChrystal ‘remained with the army chief for some time and discussed the matters of professional interest’.

The NATO commander’s meeting come at a time when the U.S forces are planning a major offensive in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar and they would need Pakistan’s support to enhance security along the border to stop the possible intrusion of militants.

Pakistan says it has deployed over 100,000 troops along some 2000 kilometers border with Afghanistan to curb illegal cross-border movement.

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