Call on the Prime Minister by General Kenneth F. Mckenzie Jr. 

April 08, 2019

Call on the Prime Minister by General Kenneth F. Mckenzie Jr. 
Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Kenneth McKenzie Jr. paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister this afternoon. General McKenzie is on his first trip to Pakistan after assuming his responsibilities in March 2019. 
Welcoming General McKenzie to Islamabad, Prime Minister shared his long standing commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan through political settlement. He stated that the policy to seek direct engagement with Afghan stake holders including Taliban to find a negotiated solution had the greatest prospects to end the prolonged conflict in Afghanistan. Underscoring the need for an intra Afghan dialogue, Prime Minister stated that Afghan stakeholders should sit together to discuss the contours of their future polity after the withdrawal of foreign troops. He reiterated Pakistan’s desire to have good neighbourly relations with Afghanistan. 
Prime Minister apprised General McKenzie of his government’s commitment to implement the National Action Plan which had the backing of all political parties in the country. Sharing the priorities of his government including human development and vigorous economic reforms, he reiterated Pakistan’s vision for normalization of relations with all its neighbours including India.  
Prime Minister stressed the need for continued military cooperation between Pakistan and the US to deal with the emerging threats especially the ISIS which was concentrating on Pakistan Afghanistan border. 

Islamabad 
.8 April 2019