US General calls for maintaining military ties with Pakistan

The future US military chief said on Thursday that the United States needs to maintain strong military-to-military ties with Pakistan, based on the shared interests of the two countries.

Gen Mark Milley, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also warned at his nomination hearing that a premature withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would be a strategic mistake.

The statement, coming 10 days before Imran Khan’s first visit to Washington as prime minister. This underlines a key element of the US-Pakistan relationship, the long, and once, close partnership between the two militaries.

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