Islamabad | May 2, 2014
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 Secretary of Defense Lt. Gen (Retired) Asif Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, along with other senior military officials.
General Austin was grateful for the opportunity to continue dialogue with his Pakistani counterparts and reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship to regional stability. This was General Austin’s fourth visit to Pakistan since assuming command of U.S. Central Command in 2013.