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McCain-led US delegation visits South Waziristan with Gen Bajwa

South Waziristan: A visiting United States (US) Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain was taken on a tour of South Waziristan by Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday.

The five-member delegation, which includes Senators Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren and David Perdue ─ all members of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee which has legislative oversight of US military affairs ─ had also expressed a desire to visit the LoC.

The delegation was scheduled to visit the LoC later in the day, but the trip could not take place due to bad weather condition, read a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations.

During their visit to South Waziristan Agency, the delegation was briefed on the recent measures taken for the improvement of the Pak-Afghan border fencing and enhanced surveillance.

The delegation was also briefed on socio-economic development efforts in the Agency, the ISPR stated in a series of tweets.

A day earlier, the US senators met Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and discussed with him important bilateral issues, including terrorism, Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan and regional peace.

The delegation had urged both India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue and asserted that peace in Afghanistan could not be possible without Pakistan’s help.

The relationship between the US and Pakistan has been strained at times with Washington calling on Islamabad to ‘do more’ in the fight against terrorism.

McCain described US engagement with Pakistan in the region as “important” in his meeting with Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Aziz for his part vowed that Pakistan remained committed to “constructive engagement” with the US in the efforts to create a “stable and prosperous” Afghanistan.

On Sunday, the delegation met with Gen Bajwa, who called US cooperation a “key factor” in security.

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