ISLAMABAD  - US Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, held a series of meetings with senior Pakistani leaders including Adviser to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and appreciated Islamabad’s positive role and contribution to the cause of regional peace and stability.

Secretary Mabus, who visited Pakistan in connection with the Joint Pak-US naval exercises, departed Pakistan later in the evening.

During his meeting with Sartaj Aziz, the overall bilateral relationship, focusing on defence cooperation between the two countries came under discussion.

Both the sides reviewed the excellent cooperation between the two navies and discussed ways for further deepening and widening this cooperation. The Adviser and Secretary Navy expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory in Pakistan-US ties and reiterated their commitment to further build on the recent progress in bilateral ties, based on mutual respect and mutual interest.

They also discussed the regional situation, especially progress in the international efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The Secretary Navy appreciated Pakistan’s positive role and contribution to the cause of regional peace and stability.

He also met with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Director General of the Joint Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Asif, and other senior government officials and discussed a wide range of common maritime security issues.   Secretary Mabus, who leads the US Navy and Marine Corps, appreciated the opportunity to meet with his Pakistani counterparts and reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship to regional stability.