U.S. military officials visit Pakistan: embassy

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-16 22:41:26|Editor: yan
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ISLAMABAD, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Commanding General of U.S. Army Central Command, Lieutenant General Michael Garrett, led a six-member delegation on a three-day visit to Pakistan this week, the American embassy here said Wednesday.

While in Islamabad, Lt. Gen. Garrett and the delegation met with the Pakistan Army's Chief of General Staff, the Director General of Military Training, and the Director General of Military Operations at the Army General Headquarters, an American embassy statement said.

Lt. Gen. Garrett also met with the Director General of Joint Staff and Director General of Joint Warfare and Training to discuss operations, training, and other areas of military cooperation between the United States and Pakistan.

Lt. Gen. Garrett also visited the National Counter Terrorism Training Centre in Pabbi, Punjab province. While at the training center, the center's director briefed the delegation on Pakistani efforts to train soldiers to fight terrorist groups.

"This visit is significant in continuing to build the relationship between our two militaries and countries, one of our key partnerships in the region," he said.

This is General Garrett's first visit to Pakistan.

U.S. Army Central Command engages with Pakistan's military leadership and organizations primarily through military-to-military information exchanges, regional symposia, and multilateral and bilateral exercises, the embassy said.

These events allow both countries to build relationships necessary to advance counterterrorism efforts in the region, it said.