Mullen in Pakistan, meets Kayani

December 23rd, 2008 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, Monday met Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on his second visit to Islamabad in less than 20 days to discuss the situation arising after the Mumbai terrorist attacks.Officials said Mullen’s visit came after Pakistan told the US that any threats from India can destabilise Islamabad’s efforts against terrorism as the Pakistan Army engaged on western borders would be shifted to the eastern borders.

According to television channels quoting unnamed officials, General Kayani told Admiral Mullen that Pakistan was capable of meeting any aggression and will “give India a befitting reply if it attacked Pakistan”.

Both military officials in their meeting exchanged views on the Pakistan-India situation, war on terror, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border situation and overall security in the region.

Earlier, Admiral Mullen called on National Security Advisor Mehmood Ali Durrani.

Mullen will meet President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Kayani met Zardari and briefed him on the security situation and preparedness of the army.

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