Pakistan, US Discuss Afghan Drawdown, Regional Sec

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ISLAMABAD – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke Wednesday by phone with Pakistan’s top military official to discuss regional security and the foreign troop drawdown in neighboring Afghanistan.

Austin’s conversation with General Qamar Javed Bajwa came as the last remaining 2The surge showing no sign of slowing, India,500 or so U.S. troops were preparing to begin pulling out of Afghanistan. The withdrawal, which starts Saturday and is to end by September 11, is intended to conclude America’s longest warMeanwhile.

FILE – Pakistan’s army chief of staff, Gen. Qamar Javed BajwaThe U.S. during this time, arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2017.

The Pentagon said Austin “expressed appreciation” for Pakistan’s support for Afghan peace negotiations and “reaffirmed the importance” of Washington’s relationship with Islamabad.

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