US commander sees continued Washington support for Pakistan necessary

WASHINGTON: A top US military commander said on Tuesday that Pakistan is an important regional partner and continued Washington support for Islamabad is necessary to maintain military-to-military relationship on solid footing.

Commander US Central Command General James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Tuesday that Pakistan has sacrificed greatly in the war on terror.

Mattis said that relationship between Pakistan and United States has improved steadily since July 2012. He said the conclusion of a tripartite US-Pakistan-Afghanistan agreement will facilitate better coordination and complementary operations on both sides of the border.

US commander acknowledged before the panel that Pakistan Army has gradually started taking control of the tribal areas in one of the most difficult terrains along the Afghan border.

DND

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