US congratulates Pakistan new army chief
The US has congratulated Pakistans General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his appointment as the countrys new army chief.
In a daily press briefing by the State Department, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner on Thursday said: "Lets give this gentleman a chance to get up to speed, but we certainly congratulate him on the appointment and welcome his -- the transition to a new chief of army staff."
Toner said the US maintains close cooperation with Pakistan on counter-terrorism operations. "With respect to our counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan, thats ongoing. We work with them quite closely," he said. The deputy spokesperson further added: "They are aware of some of our concerns, which include a safe haven for some terrorist groups that are active in the region."Gen Bajwa became the 16th army chief of Pakistan on November 29.