US agrees in principle to fulfill Pakistan's urgent defence needs for war against terror
The United States has agreed to fulfil Pakistan's urgent defence needs in the fight against terror.
"Recognising the enduring security requirements on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the two delegations agreed to cooperate on a prioritised set of Pakistan's defence requirements," The Dawn quoted from a statement issued at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Pakistan-US Defence Consultative Group.
Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik and the US Undersecretary of Defence for Policy, Dr James Miller, led their sides at the talks held in Rawalpindi.
Officials from both countries identified areas of future defence cooperation for achieving shared objectives and committed to a "strong defence relationship".
The decision on furnishing Pakistan's defence requirements appears to have been made in principle.
Officials from both sides will meet in Washington in March for a follow-up session where Pakistan will present its wish list. The Defence Production Secretary will lead the Pakistani delegation.
The 21st meeting of the consultative group marked the resumption of defence talks under the 'strategic dialogue' after a break of almost 18 months. The last meeting took place in May last year.
Although the dialogue at the ministerial level remains suspended since the challenging events of last year, some of its segments related to law enforcement, economy and defence have resumed following a recent improvement in ties.