Ongoing ISAF commander hold talks with Pakistan army chief


Kabul (afviews): Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the latest in a regular series of engagements aimed at bolstering the military-to-military relationship between ISAF and Pakistan as well as improving security in the region, NATO statement said.NATO

 The trip is the last Gen. Allen will make to Pakistan as ISAF commander.  He was joined in Islamabad by his successor, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who assumes command of the 50-nation coalition force on Sunday.

The officials discussed a variety of issues relating to their mutually shared goals of peace and stability in the region and strengthening cross-border cooperation.

“While acknowledging that there is more to do, both leaders were pleased with the progress to date.  This ongoing strategic dialogue between the two four-star generals, supported by frequent discussions at lower levels, has enhanced the effectiveness of operations on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, ISAF statement added.

At the same time NATO announced that a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.

NATO statement said that ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts.

“All crew members have been recovered with no reported fatalities and the site of the incident is secure,” ISAF added.

The NATO forces did not revealed the exact location of the incident, whoever, Taliban earlier had said they had shot it down.

In a statement, Taliban said, “About 12 pm today, a US helicopter has been shot down in Tagab district of Kapisa province, it catches flame and all crew members killed,” Taliban statement claimed.

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