CIA director calls on COAS Bajwa, lauds Pak role in Afghanistan issue

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid discussed the regional security situation with a focus on Afghanistan with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Joseph Burns.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday, the CIA director called on Army Chief General Bajwa and ISI chief Lt Gen Hamid.
Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and current situation in Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting, said the ISPR.
During the high-level meeting, it was reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region for a “stable and prosperous future for Afghan people”.
The CIA chief appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan issue, including the successful evacuation operations and efforts for regional stability, said the ISPR. He also pledged to play a role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.
The visit by Willian J Burns comes two days after the Taliban announced an interim government. Foreign countries greeted the interim government with caution and dismay on Wednesday.
The Taliban’s new government has agreed to the Thursday evacuation of two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan. The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the militants seized the capital in mid-August, triggering the chaotic US-led evacuation of 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans. – TLTP

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