From an International Security Assistance Force News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met with Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi, chief of general staff of the Afghan army and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s chief of army staff, for talks this weekend in Islamabad, Pakistan, military officials reported.
The meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan-ISAF Tripartite Commission, officials said, is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability while creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.
Allen said he was “very encouraged” at the conclusion of the meetings.
“Not only were these meetings a signal of a renewed desire of all parties to address important topics and issues,” Allen said, “there was agreement these meetings are important to achieving continued progress toward our shared goals of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan, so that Afghanistan can no longer be a safe haven for terrorists again.”
These were the first such talks in nearly a year and offered the opportunity for discussion by commanders and key staff on issues of tactical, operational and strategic importance including cross-border cooperation, officials said.
The meetings also set conditions for continued discussions in the future, officials added.