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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting With the Pakistan Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

                                

Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited Islamabad on December 4 on his inaugural trip to Pakistan in this position.

                                      

In Islamabad, Secretary Mattis met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and  Minister of Defense Khurram Dastigir Khan.  Secretary Mattis also met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar.

                                 

Secretary Mattis recognized Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism. The Secretary emphasized the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that brings stability and security to the region.  The Secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country.