RAWALPINDI, July 2 (APP): Senator John McCain, Chairman of
US Senate Arms Services committee, accompanied by a Congressional
delegation, including Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Donnelly who
are on an official visit to Pakistan, called on Chief of Army
Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif here Saturday.
According to an ISPR press release, during the meeting matters
of mutual interest and regional security, with particular reference to Afghan situation, came under discussion.
The COAS dilated upon security challenges faced by Pakistan and
its contribution in regional stability and global peace. Pakistan’s
successes in war on terror and need for an effective border management across long porous Pak-Afghan border to check illegal movement on either side of the border were also discussed.
The COAS said a stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s interest
and relationship between the two countries held key for regional peace
Senator McCain, while acknowledging Pakistan’s successes in the
operation Zarb-e-Azb, said Pakistan Army’s achievements in
counter-terrorism operations were phenomenal and reflected Pakistan’s determination to eliminate terrorism.
He said Pakistan and the United States (US) needed to cement
relations in all dimensions and must strive for greater coordination
for optimal deliverance of peace dividend in the region.