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February 2, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-02


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TRIPARTITE COMMISSION CONCLUDES SIXTH MEETING

Kabul, Islamabad and Bagram, January 31, 2004 -
Afghanistan, Pakistan and U.S. Delegations Agree on Intelligence Cooperation

The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States held its sixth meeting at Camp Phoenix in Kabul today. The U.S. delegation hosted the event.

The three delegations discussed recent developments concerning security along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, including practical measures to counter cross border infiltration and terrorist activities. All parties reaffirmed the vital importance of combating international terrorism.

The Commission exchanged views at a strategic level on the basic elements of an enhanced Afghanistan and Pakistan security relationship to ensure the security of their common border and strengthen ties between their respective defense and military establishments.

Agreement was reached on enhancing tri-lateral intelligence cooperation to improve the timely sharing of essential information needed to defeat the terrorist threat.

The Commission received briefings from the subcommittees on Military Information Exchange and Coordination and Border Posts on their recent activities to enhance security coordination and reduce tensions along the Afghanistan -Pakistan border region. An update on steps to improve communication links among units deployed in border regions was also presented.

The Commission will meet again in March in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The Afghan delegation was led by National Security Advisor Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, assisted by Deputy Minister of the Interior Hilalludin Hillal, Major General Sher Mohammed Karimi of the Ministry of Defense, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson and DG for Information Omar Samad, Afghanistan Ambassador to Pakistan Nanguyalai Tarzi and National Security Council Senior Associate Dr. Qadir Amiryar.

Heading the Pakistan delegations was Director General of Military Operations Major General Mohammed Yousaf, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Mr. Rashed Saleem Khan, Brigadier Waheed Arshad, Director Military Operations, Brigadier Wajid Hussain, Director of Military Intelligence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director Faqir Syed Asif-Hussain.

Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA, Commander, Military Operations in Afghanistan, led the U.S. delegation which also included representatives from Combined Joint Task Force-180 and the U.S. Embassies in Kabul and Islamabad.

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