ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 (APP): US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Michele Flournoy Tuesday said Pak-US strategic cooperation has been increasing and both the countries are cooperating in the war against terror.Talking to newsmen here, Michele Flournoy, who is on her maiden visit to Pakistan in this capacity said, “We are looking towards long term strategic partnership with Pakistan.”
She said both the countries have
been cooperating in the war against terror and seeking strength in
facing common energy of extremism and terrorism.
Michele Flournoy held meetings with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Committee General Tariq Majeed, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani, Air Force Chief Rao Qamar Suleman, Secretary Defence and
Senate Defence Committee Chairman besides other military officials.
Referring to these meetings, she said, she held very useful, productive
and effective interaction and discussed defence cooperation between the
Michele Flournoy referring to the statement of US Secretary of Defence
Gates that past mistakes should not be repeated, she said, her visit to
Pakistan was to improve the relations.
She said US is also serious to help Pakistan to meet its security needs
and especially mentioned provision of F-16 aircraft, other military
equipments and training to Pakistan Military to face the menace of
She said, “US wants to see the region as stable and peaceful.”
Appreciating the operation of Pakistan Army in Swat, Malakand, South
Waziristan and other areas, she said, it has proved very helpful for
the international forces fighting in Afghanistan.
Replying to a question about disbursement of funds under Coalition
Support Fund to Pakistan, she said, it has been linked with the
resolution of the visa issue to the US auditors.
She however said US has already been providing assistance to Pakistan
and financial assistance has also been increased to meet the
requirements of Pakistan Army in its fight against terrorism.
Responding to misunderstanding between the two countries, the Under
Secretary of Defence for Policy said, this misunderstanding is on both
She said, “Both sides need to work to talk to the public to resolve this misunderstanding.”
Most of the Pakistanis, she said, are not aware of the support and
cooperation being provided to Pakistan adding that even the Pakistani
people are not aware of provision of F-16 aircraft and other military
Referring to US efforts, she said, the American government took a
number of steps and made concrete efforts in the American media about
potential of Pak-US relations.
Answering a question about withdrawal of the forces from the posts near
Pakistan’s border in Afghanistan before the start of operation by NATO
forces in Helmand, she refuted the allegations. She explained the
American General visited Pakistan and talked about the operation with
Pakistan Army and operation was launched after conscious discussion
with Pakistani forces.
She further said, the pushing of the taliban was not towards Pakistan,
rather it was towards north and there has been strict screening in the
South to avoid any infiltration of talibans to Pakistan.
Al-Qaida and Taliban, she said, are still threat to the region and the US.
Replying to another question about providing drone technology, she
said, US has offered two types of such technology for surveillance
without the facility of striking. She said Pakistan is now examining
the offer and assured the US would provide such facility of drone
technology to Pakistan.
Answering a question about Pak-India relations, she said, “US wants to
see resumption of peace process between the two countries.” She said US
would support the start of dialogue process.