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Tripartite Commission Holds 10th Meeting

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2005 – The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, held its 10th meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan today.

It was Pakistan's turn to host the latest periodic meeting of the commission.

The delegation expressed satisfaction with successes in 2004 and agreed to further improve coordination and information sharing to enhance the effectiveness of counterterrorist operations, officials said.

All parties welcomed the recent successful visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan and stressed the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The parties welcomed the establishment of a counternarcotics working group, a body operating in parallel to the Tripartite Commission and formed to facilitate discussions between the three parties on counternarcotics issues.

The Tripartite Commission will meet again in June 2005 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pakistani Director General for Military Operations Maj. Gen. Mohammad Yousaf headed that country's delegation, which included Ayaz Wazir, director general, Afghanistan and the Economic Cooperation Organization for Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Brig. Waheed Arshad, director of military operations; Col. Muhammed Hanif Khan, deputy director of military intelligence; and Faqir Sayed Asif Hussain and Amna Baloch, directors in the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Afghan National Army Chief of Operations Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi headed the Afghan delegation, which included Nanguyalai Tarzi, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan; Sami Walizadeh, director of Asian affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lt. Gen. Haroon Asifi, director general of the Afghan National Police; Naweed Moez, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Abdul-Malik Quraishi, a member of the National Security Council.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, led the U.S. delegation, which included Brig. Gen. James Champion, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force 76; Jonathan Aloisi, political advisor to Barno; and Larry Robinson, political counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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