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 CoAS Kayani, Colin Powell meet in Washington

 Updated at: 0517 PST,  Friday, October 22, 2010
CoAS Kayani, Colin Powell meet in Washington WASHINGTON: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Perveiz Kayani and US former Secretary of State Colin Powell held one-on-one meeting here, Geo News reported.

In another meeting, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar called on former US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage and former US Defense Secretary William Cohen.

CoAS Kayani and Colin Powell held one-to-one meeting, sources said. Matters pertaining to peace and stability in the region and security situation came under discussions.

Meanwhile, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar discussed issues of mutual interests during meeting with Richard Armitage and Willem Cohen.

Former US Deputy Secretary Armitage said the pace of aid being released to Pakistan, he termed Ďslow and too littleí, adding that peace and stability cannot guarantee in Afghanistan excluding Pakistan.

ďUS-Afghanistan cannot come up with any peaceful solution to Afghan unrest excluding PakistanĒ, he noted.

Former US Defense Secretary William Cohen urged Pakistan to step up offensive against Taliban-linked Haqqani Group in Pakistan.

Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said US has blocked Pakistanís Alliance Support Fund and the cost of military equipments meant for enhancing Pakistanís military competence is beyond affordability.

A reception in honour of Pakistanís delegation comprising top military and civilian brass, was hosted at the residence of Pakistanís ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani here in Washington.

Key officials from USís State Department and newly designated USís envoy to Pakistan Cameron Minthor also attended the reception.
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