Secretary Defence, Lt General (Retd) Zameer-ul- Hassan Shah and Ambassador David Shear, Principal of Deputy Under Secretary of Defence for Policy signing a joint statement, in Ministry of Defence, in Rawalpindi, on 21-09- 2016.

 

Ministry of Defence

21st Sept, 2016

JOINTSTATEMENT

United States–Pakistan Defense Consultative Group  Meeting

The 25th meeting of the United States-Pakistan Defense Consultative Group (DCG) was held at Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi, Pakistan on  September 21, 2016. Pakistan’s delegation was led by Defense Secretary Lieutenant General (Retired) Zamir Ul Hassan Shah and the U.S. delegation was led by Ambassador David B. Shear, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

The delegates recognized the centrality of the U.S.– Pakistan bilateral security partnership to their overall bilateral relationship and acknowledged that continued cooperation remains vital to promoting peace, security and stability in the region and beyond. They expressed satisfaction that the bilateral security partnership had played a critical role in degrading Al Qaida and other violent extremists in the region.

United States reiterated its support for the Armed Forces of Pakistan in their ongoing operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including North Waziristan, and recognized the progress made in disrupting militant networks that has helped enhance security on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. They also recognized the sacrifices of Pakistan’s security forces in securing areas along the Pakistan Afghanistan border. Pakistan re-affirmed its commitment to take action against all terrorists and violent extremists without discrimination. TheUnited States acknowledged the progress made by Pakistan's Armed Forces in operation Zarb-e-Azb. Pakistan side also expressed its support and desire for stability in Afghanistan, which remains a high priority objective for Pakistan as well.

United States appreciated significant contributions made by Armed Forces of Pakistan in promoting maritime security in the North Arabian Sea and Horn of Africa through its consistent participation in the U.S.–led Combined Maritime Forces, and recognized the Pakistan Navy for assuming command of Combined Task Force-150 operations.

Continuing support for bilateral and regional exercises, security assistance, operational re-imbursements and stability activities also came under discussion during the meeting. U.S. delegation noted Pakistan’s positive efforts to counter threats from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). To bolster this cooperation, both sides agreed to continue working together to build counter–IED capacity.

The delegation reaffirmed that the DCG remains an invaluable forum to discuss strategic defense policy issues and exchange views on shared security concerns. They committed to work towards deepening their strong and longstanding defense partnership. Joint statement was signed by the delegation heads at the end.

                          Secretary Defence, Lt General (Retd) Zameer-ul- Hassan in a group photo with Ambassador David Shear, Principal of Deputy           Under Secretary of Defence for Policy along with his members, in Ministry of Defence, in Rawalpindi, on 21-09- 2016.