CENTCOM chief arrives in Pakistan for talks (AFGHANISTAN)


Commander of the US Central Command General John P Abizaid arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral defense relations and review security along the Pak-Afghan border, TV channels reported.


(02.05.2006)

The visit of the CENTCOM chief follows Pakistan's formal proposal to the US-led coalition forces and Afghan government to mine border areas on Afghan side to stop the cross-border-movement of militants.
General Abizaid, a frequent visitor of Pakistan, will witness joint military exercises by Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States forces, Geo-television reported.
The three countries launched joint exercises at a military base in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, (NWFP) on Tuesday.
The decision to hold joint exercises, with code name Inspired Gambit-06, was taken in the meeting of tripartite commission of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United states in Rawalpindi last month.
General John Abizaid will call on President General Pervez Musharraf and other top military generals during his stay, according to the report.
Reports suggest that the CENTCOM chief visited Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province before his Pakistan's trip.
General Abizaid commands all US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was in Pakistan in the second week of October and also visited the earthquake-hit Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The visit of the CENTCOM chief follows Pakistan's formal proposal to the US-led coalition forces and Afghan government to mine border areas on Afghan side to stop the cross-border-movement of militants.
The United States has some 18,000 troops in Afghanistan.
General Abizaid the second senior US official arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday.
The US Department of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton began on Wednesday two-day visit to Pakistan to hold consultations on regional counterterrorism issues with Pakistani officials, according to a US Embassy announcement.
Ambassador Crumpton will meet Pakistani officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, and Army General Headquarters.
He will then travel to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates to meet with his counterparts in those countries.

Von: 03.05.06 http://www.irna.ir

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