US concerned by TTP threat to Pakistan’s security: Top US General

ISLAMABAD: A top US military commander says US is concerned about threat posed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to the South Asian nation’s security amid increased violence perpetrated by outlaws in the country.
“We attach great importance to the bilateral relationship and welcome opportunities to expand cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as counter-terrorism and border security,” he said. US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Michael E Kurilla quoted by The Express Tribune.
overview Kuril Islands made these remarks in response to a question about the possibility of the United States extending assistance to Pakistan in responding to the terrorist threat.
This comment came in the context of the CENTCOM commander’s visit to Pakistan this month, where he met with senior military leaders and observed conditions and activities along the Pakistani border- Afghanistan near the Khyber Pass.
During their visit, the leaders discussed security cooperation, security along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the threat posed by terrorist groups in the region, ongoing operations and opportunities. association to strengthen cooperation between CENTCOM and Pakistan Army.
During the visit, General Kurilla went to Peshawar to visit the XI Corps headquarters. XI Corps is a Pakistani Army unit assigned to Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, responsible for security for about half of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
According to a CENTCOM press release, General Kurilla and XI Corps leaders went by helicopter to visit Fort Big Ben overlooking the Khyber Pass. There, they observe border security and discuss the cross-border threat posed by terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan.
The statement added that the visit provided General Kurilla with valuable insight into many aspects of the Pakistan Armed Forces, the threats facing Pakistan and most importantly, the opportunities ahead. to strengthen the military-to-military relationship.
“Pakistan and the US have a longstanding defense relationship that goes back 75 years,” Kurilla said. “We remain committed to countering common threats to regional security. CENTCOM views the US-Pakistan relationship through its bilateral value and potential to improve regional stability. We are committed to increasing strengthen military-to-military relations.”
This is General Kurilla’s second visit to Pakistan in the past four months.


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