New Delhi: U.S. National Security Advisor (NSA) Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster emphasized the importance of U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a major defence partner.
The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation. The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad.
The U.S. NSA departed from India after productive meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
McMaster met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed bilateral ties, Afghan situation and rising tensions between India, Pakistan. Lt. Gen. McMaster also met Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.
The Dawn quoted Aziz, as saying that that Pakistan remains determined to continue its fight as part of the National Action Plan until terrorism is completely eliminated from the country.
Expressing Pakistan’s concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Aziz reaffirmed Islamabad’s commitment to working with the international community to support peace efforts in Afghanistan. He also stressed on the importance of effective border management to achieve sustainable peace in the region.
Lt. Gen. McMaster, who is on his maiden visit to Pakistan after being elected as President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, will next visit India to assess the situation in the two countries and then report back to the White House.