WASHINGTON - The United States Tuesday welcomed Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s visit to Kabul as representing ‘deepening cooperation’ between Pakistan and Afghanistan towards security in the region.

During a one-day trip, Gen Sharif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. This was Gen Sharif’s third trip to Afghanistan since President Ghani’s inauguration, and his second since a devastating attack on a school in Peshawar that killed 134 children and 16 adults.

Responding to a question about Gen Sharif’s visit during a conference call with reporters, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “We know that obviously there’s a one-day meeting to discuss security cooperation, so certainly we think that falls into the category of efforts to deepen cooperation, which we would support.”