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US CENTCOM chief concludes Pakistan’s three-day visit

WASHINGTON: US Central Command (CENTCOM) Chief General Michael Erik Kurilla has returned from a three-day trip to Pakistan.

The US CENTCOM commander met with senior military officers in Pakistan to better understand the security environment and to deepen the military-to-military cooperation between USCENTCOM and the Pakistan Armed Forces, according to a news release.

On July 23rd, General Kurilla met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Syed Asim Munir, and other top military officers in small group discussions in the Army House in Rawalpindi.

The discussions focused on enhancing military-to-military connections between the Pakistani Armed Forces and USCENTCOM, with a particular emphasis on counter-terrorism, military trauma battle casualty treatment, security cooperation, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance options.

According to the US CENTCOM press release, General Kurilla visited Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Center on July 24th to meet with Major General Asad Nawaz Khan, Pakistan’s Director General of Military Training, Brigadier Suleman Khalid, the Commandant of the National Counter Terrorism Center, and to visit the Pakistani Army Sniper School.

The discussion centered on joint Pakistan-USCENTCOM counter-terrorism training prospects, as well as the Pakistani Army’s training management mechanism. A real fire assault demonstration, sniper range, and weapon overview were all part of the tour.

“Every time I visit the Pakistani military, I am impressed with the professionalism, commitment, and competence of everyone I meet,” remarked General Kurilla.

“CENTCOM views the US-Pakistan relationship on its own merits, and I am committed to strengthening this important partnership that dates back over 75 years,” General Kurilla stated, according to a central command news release.

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