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Austin discusses situation in Afghanistan with Pakistan’s Bajwa

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Monday had a phone conversation with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, to discuss the issue of safety and security in the region and the situation in Afghanistan.
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided a readout that stated Austin spoke by phone with Bajwa “to discuss our mutual goals of security and stability in the region”.
During the call, Austin expressed his interest in continuing to improve the US – Pakistan relationship and build upon the multiple shared interests in the region. Austin and General Bajwa discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, regional security and stability, and the bilateral defense relationship more broadly, the readout stated.

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