Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani visited Pentagon today to meet US Secretary of Navy Mr. Ray Mabus. Matters related to bilateral cooperation in maritime security were discussed.
Ambassador Jilani expressed satisfaction that Pakistan Navy had made valuable contributions to multilateral efforts to degrade sea piracy that threatened security of the sea lanes in the region. He also noted successes, achieved throughout joint efforts, in interdiction of drugs along the sea routes.
Ambassador Jilani underscored Pakistan’s commitment to continue its steady contribution to support regional counter piracy and maritime security efforts.
Secretary Navy Ray Mabus appreciated the role played by Pakistan Navy in bolstering multilateral efforts to defeat piracy. He also stated that Pakistan’s contributions in this area had been remarkable and the US enjoyed excellent cooperation with Pakistan in ensuring safety and security along the sea lines of communication.
The joint statement issued during the recently held Pakistan – US strategic dialogue review meeting last month , had stated the common desire by both governments to strengthen cooperation in maritime security .
Secretary Mabus is the senior most US official incharge of US Navy and the Marine Corps. He visited Pakistan in October 2013.
Feb 20, 2014