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Washington: The US has congratulated Pakistan’s General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his appointment as the country’s new army chief.
 
In a daily press briefing by the State Department, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner on Thursday said: “Let’s give this gentleman a chance to get up to speed, but we certainly congratulate him on the appointment and welcome his — the transition to a new chief of army staff.”
 
Toner said the US maintains close cooperation with Pakistan on counter-terrorism operations.
 
“With respect to our counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan, that’s ongoing. We work with them quite closely,” he said.
 
The deputy spokesperson further added: “They’re aware of some of our concerns, which include a safe haven for some terrorist groups that are active in the region.”
 
Gen Bajwa became the 16th army chief of Pakistan on November 29.
 
 
 
First Published | December 1, 2016 , 12:34 pm
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