WASHINGTON, D.C: Top defense officials from the United States and Pakistan engaged in a high-level telephone conversation , marking a significant development in their efforts to strengthen defense ties.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Asim Munir conducted the dialogue to deliberate upon areas of mutual interest and to assess recent regional developments.
This conversation holds particular importance as both nations have been working diligently to enhance their defense relationship, which has faced strains in recent years. Following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021, there has been a renewed determination to mend ties and collaborate effectively.
In a statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the call was characterized as “positive and productive.” During the conversation, the two leaders discussed various facets of mutual interest and deliberated on the prevailing regional dynamics.
The United States and Pakistan share a range of common security interests, with counterterrorism efforts and regional stability being central to their cooperation. Moreover, the two nations have been actively working together to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.