Virginia: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today visited Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Headquarters and held a meeting with Director CIA John O. Brennan. During the meeting, both discussed regional security and bilateral cooperation.

General Raheel Sharif specially highlighted need for permanent stability and requirement of conducive environment in region for re-initiating Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process. Director CIA acknowledged accomplishments of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the North Waziristan tribal region, stating that is a positive impact on security calculus. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan reconciliation process and discussed opportunities presented for future of an enduring regional peace.

Earlier on Monday, General Raheel Sharif visited Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, and met top ranking US military officials including US Army Chief General Mark A Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. During his visit, General Raheel Sharif will also meet US Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the US congress.

The November 15-20 visit, apparently instigated by General Raheel Sharif, comes weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with US President Barack Obama at the Oval Office to discuss many of the same issues said to be on his army chief’s agenda, including Afghan peace talks and Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions.