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US defence secretary speaks to Pakistan Army chief, reaffirms security partnership

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and reaffirmed America’s commitment to a long-term, mutually beneficial security partnership, the Pentagon said.

Esper expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s support to the Afghanistan reconciliation process following the February 29, US-Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Joint Declaration and signing of the US-Taliban Agreement, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said.

During the call, Esper reaffirmed the department of defence’s commitment to a long-term, mutually beneficial security partnership with the government of Pakistan, Hoffman said in a readout of the call.

The US-Taliban peace deal, aimed at bringing lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan and allowing American troops to return home from America’s longest war, was signed in Doha on February 29.

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