U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue highlights military equipment delivery

May 12th, 2010 - 3:30 am ICT by BNO News  

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) – The U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue’s bilateral Security Assistance Working Group met in Pakistan on Wednesday, May 5, the U.S. Department of State said Tuesday.

The group met in Rawalpindi to review the status of U.S. military equipment deliveries aimed at strengthening Pakistan’s capabilities to meet shared security challenges.

The working group noted the importance of the delivery of U.S. P-3C patrol aircraft to the Pakistani Navy, an Oliver Hazard Perry Class naval vessel on April 30, and progress in construction at Shahbaz Air Force Base, facilitating the delivery of new F-16 fighter aircraft for the Pakistani Air Force later this year.

The meeting was co-chaired by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Thomas M. Countryman, Deputy Director of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency Jeanne Lynn Farmer, and Major General Nasir Mahmood, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defense Production, and built on the success of the March 2010 meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Washington.

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