General Sharif meets Ghani during Kabul stopover

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Kabul, March 2 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif made a brief stopover here on Wednesday and attended the Change of Command Ceremony for the Resolute Support Mission and met top Afghan leadership, the military’s wing reported.

Gen. Sharif discussed regional security and border management in meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) General Joseph Dunford, Genersal Lloyd J. Austin, Commander of the US Central Command (Centcom), and Resolute Support Mission Commander General Nicholson, Inter-Services Public Relations director general Asim Bajwa tweeted.

The meetings focused on checking cross-border movement of terrorists and coordination regarding the Pakistan Army’s Shawal offensive.

Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s support to the Afghan leadership, who acknowledged the Pakistan Army’s efforts and achievements in the war against terrorism and its role in regional stability and peace.

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Sharif was on his way back to Pakistan after a day-long visit to Tajikistan, where he met Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and discussed challenges of fighting terrorism and the Afghan peace process.

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