General James Mattis departs Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, March 30, 2012 (Frontier Star): General James Mattis,
Commander of U.S. Central Command, departed Pakistan Thursday after a
series of meetings with senior Pakistani leaders to discuss a wide-range
of security issues. While here, he and General John Allen, Commander of
NATOs International Security Assistance Force, discussed with Chief of
Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other senior military
officials the activities of militant network and ways to improve
cross-border cooperation, a statement from the US embassy said. General
Mattis acknowledged the sacrifices made by the Pakistani military in
their fight against violent extremists, and offered his condolences for
Pakistani military personnel who have fallen in support of that cause.
This was the first visit by a senior U.S. military official since last
winter. General Mattis and General Allen were grateful for the time
afforded by their Pakistani counterparts and reaffirmed the importance
of the U.S.-Pakistani security relationship - not only to ongoing
operations in Afghanistan but also to regional stability.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)