US Defense Sec Chuck Hagel Calls on Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif

US defense sec calls on Pakistani PM NAwaz Sharif | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – United States defense secretary Chuck Hagel calls on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, PakistanTribe.com reported.

U.S. secretary arrives in Islamabad today (Monday).

It’s a first visit by a U.S. defense secretary in four years therefore there are lot to discuss including Afghanistan, NATO supply and other mutual interests.

United States Ambassador Richard Olson was part of American delegation who met Pakistani PM while Adviser to PM on Foreign affair, Sartaj Aziz, Minister of Finance, Ishaq Dar and others were also attended the meeting.

The Pentagon said the two men would hold “candid conversations” about how to “address common threats”.

The visit comes at a time of tension between the countries about US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Last week the US military halted its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan because of the risk to drivers after protests over drone strikes.

Pakistanis had blocked the US main supply route to Afghanistan, angry at civilian deaths caused by drones.

However, US officials say the suspension of shipments was a temporary measure and is now over.

NATO supply, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pak-Iran gas pipeline, Drone strikes and Kashmir were the issues raised by Pakistani Prime Minister in his visit to United States couple of weeks ago.

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