In meeting with US think tanks, COAS says Pakistan wishes to develop itself as a connectivity hub – World


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir interacted with US media and mentioned Pakistan wished to develop itself as a hub of connectivity, the army’s media affairs wing mentioned on Wednesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military chief engaged in a “candid discourse” with members of distinguished US think tanks and media. He was acquired by the Ambassador of Pakistan to US.

During the interplay, he put throughout Pakistan’s perspective on
regional safety, transnational terrorism and the significance of
sustaining strategic stability in South Asia.

“The COAS mentioned Pakistan is a nation of consequence each from
geopolitical and geoeconomic views and wishes to develop itself
as a hub of connectivity and a gateway to Central Asia and past,” the ISPR mentioned.

However, the nation “eschews bloc politics” and believed in sustaining “balanced relationships” with all pleasant nations, Gen Munir was quoted as saying.

He additional highlighted that Pakistan desired to broaden bilateral engagement
with the US via a lengthy-time period and multi-area partnership. The military chief recalled that his interactions through the go to to the US with political and army management had been “very optimistic and ahead-in search of additional strengthening the connection”, the ISPR mentioned.

“The COAS additionally highlighted that Pakistan has stood as a bulwark in opposition to
transnational terrorism for many years to guarantee regional stability
and international peace and safety. It has made unparalleled contributions and sacrifices in its enduring battle in opposition to terrorism and can proceed to battle until the logical finish, in line with the aspirations of the individuals of Pakistan,” it added.

The COAS additionally harassed the necessity for decision of the Kashmir situation as
per the aspirations of the individuals of Kashmir and the United Nations resolutions.

“Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute and no
unilateral motion can alter the character of this dispute in opposition to the
wishes of tens of millions of individuals within the space,” he mentioned.

Further, the military highlighted the fast want for ending sufferings in Gaza, provision of humanitarian help and implementation of the 2-state decision, the ISPR added.

The military chief landed in Washington final week on his first official go to to the US. Last week, Gen Munir met key authorities officers together with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defence (retired) General Llyod J. Austin, Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Q. Brown.

The COAS additionally held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday. A day earlier, he visited the headquarters of the US Central Command (Centcom) in Tampa, Florida, and met with the commander, Gen Michael Erik Kurilla.

Beyond the official diplomatic engagements, Gen Munir prolonged a allure offensive to the Pakistani diaspora within the US throughout a neighborhood dinner hosted by the Pakistan embassy final week.

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