Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa

March 21, 2021

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with Pakistan’s top military leader, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, March 21.

Secretary Austin reinforced the United States’ commitment to maintaining a strong bilateral defense relationship with Pakistan and expressed gratitude for Islamabad’s continued support for the Afghan peace process.

Secretary Austin noted that he looks forward to further cooperation between the United States and Pakistan in areas of common interest.