Pakistani General Bajwa talks to US CENTCOM commander amid Pakistan debt crisis
During the call, General Bajwa and General Kurilla discussed in detail issues of mutual interest, regional stability as well as defense and security cooperation.
File image of Pakistani Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa. AFP
Islamabad: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke by telephone on Saturday with the Commander of United States Central Command (US CENTCOM), General Michael Erik Kurilla.
“Pakistan values its relationship with the United States and looks forward to building mutually beneficial multi-domain relations,” General Bajwa said.
During the call, General Bajwa and General Kurilla discussed in detail issues of mutual interest, regional stability as well as defense and security cooperation, according to a statement from the Pakistani army.
The Pakistani army chief said his country was eager to deepen its ties with the United States. “Pakistan values its relationship with the United States and we look forward to strengthening mutually beneficial multi-domain relations based on common interests,” Gen. Bajwa said.
The two army officials reiterated the desire to further strengthen bilateral relations in all areas.
“The US CENTCOM Commander recognized the professionalism of the Pakistan Armed Forces and appreciated Pakistan’s role in regional stability and pledged to play its part to further improve cooperation with Pakistan at all levels,” the official said. Pakistani army.
Earlier this week, General Bajwa spoke by phone with US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and called on the White House and the US Treasury Department to push the IMF to immediately accelerate the loan by almost $1. .2 billion, the official Associated Press news agency said. of Pakistan (APP) reported, citing Pakistani military sources.
However, the Foreign Office feigned ignorance if the two leaders were talking about the economy even as it confirmed Bajwa and Sherman had a phone conversation.
The International Monetary Fund has already granted Pakistan staff approval on July 13 for the $1.17 loan in question, as the cash-strapped country faces the ignominy of a possible default. due to the depletion of its foreign exchange reserves.
The army chief’s call follows separate meetings between senior Pakistani and US civilian officials in July, neither of which successfully negotiated a quick disbursement of funds.
With contributions from agencies
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