Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday said that there can be no solution to the conflict in Afghanistan without Pakistan. "I continue to believe that there is no solution in the region without Pakistan, and no stable future in the region without a partnership," Mullen told his successor General Martin Dempsey as he stepped down from his post. "I urged Marty to remember the importance of Pakistan to all of this; to try and do a better job than I did with that vexing, and yet vital, relationship," he said in his farewell address at an impressive ceremony attended by President Barack Obama and the top American military leadership. "Our strategy is the right one. We must keep executing it."