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Tripartite Commission 10th Meeting
Released by the Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Kabul and Islamabad - The Tripartite commission composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, held its tenth meeting in Rawalpindi today. It was Pakistan’s turn to host the latest periodic exchange of the commission.

The delegation expressed satisfaction with the successes in 2004, and agreed to further improve coordination and information sharing to enhance the effectiveness of counter terrorist operations.

All parties welcomed the recent successful visit of President Karzai to Pakistan, and stressed the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The parties welcomed the establishment of a Counter Narcotics Working Group, a body operating in parallel to the Tripartite Commission, formed to facilitate discussions of officials of the three parties on counter narcotics issues.

The Tripartite Commission will meet again in June 2005 in Kabul.

Director General for Military Operations Maj-Gen Mohammad Yousaf headed the Pakistani delegation, to include Mr. Ayaz Wazir, Director General, Afghanistan and ECO Region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brigadier Waheed Arshad, Director Military Operations, Col. Muhammed Hanif Khan, Deputy Director Military Intelligence, Faqir Sayed Asif Hussain, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amna Baloch, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Afghan National Army Chief of operations Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammed Karimi headed the Afghan delegation, which also included Dr. Nanguyalai Tarzi. Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Sami Walizada, Director of Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lt-Gen. Haroon Asifi, Director General of Afghan National Police, Naweed Moez, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Abdul-Malik Quraishi, National Security Council. Lt.Gen. David W. Barno, commander of the Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan, led the U.S delegation consisting of BG James Champion, Deputy Commanding General CJTF-76, Mr. Jonathan Aloisi, Political Advisor to Lt Gen. Barno and Larry Robinson, Political Counselor US Embassy in Pakistan.

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