Top Chinese General Meets Pak Army Chief Amid Kashmir Boil, Afghan Peace Talks

Support on Kashmir; enhancing defense cooperation; capacity building of Pakistan Army.

DESPARDES — China’s top military General Xu Qiliang held one-on-one meeting with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javaid Bajwa in the garrison city of Rawalpindi– it was followed by delegation level talks between the ‘Iron Brothers’ defense team.

The Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission (CMC) visited the GHQ and matters of mutual interest, regional security, avenues to enhance bilateral defense collaboration and particularly situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ&K) were discussed.

This is the first meet Gen. Bajwa reportedly held with Chinese defense officials since his extension due to regional security environment.

“He is [an] old friend of [the] Chinese government and army,” China’s Foreign Ministry said while welcoming the extension.

According to ISPR, the army chief appreciated China’s understanding and support on all important issues particularly Kashmir.

The visiting dignitary affirmed that China greatly values its time-tested relations with Pakistan and its Army, and is looking forward to further solidify this relation.

Later, an MoU was signed between the all-weather friends for enhancement of defense cooperation and capacity building of the Pakistan Army.

Earlier, on arrival at the GHQ, the Chinese military General laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. Beijing and Russia continue to support Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts.

Both regional powers were steadfast in highlighting Pakistan’s anti-terror role, specially during the period Washington kept asking Islamabad to ‘do more’.

The US and Taliban are said to be close on agreeing on peace and troops withdrawal from Afghanistan– within 15 to 20 months, according to TOLONews reported The Times of Islamabad.

Top US negotiator on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad said Tuesday he was ready to conclude peace talks with the Taliban as he headed back to Qatar on a mission to end America’s longest war.

‘We’ve been there for 18 years, it’s ridiculous’, President Trump told reporters shortly after the announcement that his envoy was returning to the Qatari capital Doha for another round of talks.

“We are negotiating with the government and we are negotiating with the Taliban,” he said.

“We have good talks going and we will see what happens.”