February 19, 2014 | Islamabad
General Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), departed Pakistan today after a series of meetings with senior Pakistani leaders. While here, General Austin discussed a wide range of common security issues with Defense Secretary Asif Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood, and Chief of Army Staff General, Raheel Sharif, along with other senior military officials.
General Austin, in Pakistan on his second visit as CENTCOM commander, appreciated the opportunity to meet with his Pakistani counterparts. General Austin and his counterparts reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Pakistani security relationship to regional stability and agreed to continue to work together in order to build a stronger partnership and further common objectives.