Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, General Raheel Sharif is all set to visit the United States between 15th and 20th November. This will be his second visit to the States. This time around, following PM Nawaz’s visit in October. COAS General Raheel Sharif is expected to meet with top U.S. Officials during his stay in Washington. He will be visiting Pentagon and U.S. State Department as well. Reportedly, the main agenda of the meeting is overall security in the region. Talks regarding Afghanistan will also surface. Details on whether talks on Kashmir will be pursued are scarce at the moment. Meanwhile, COAS General Raheel Sharif will press U.S. to pressurize Afghan government to take serious action against Pakistani Taliban who flee into Afghan territory, regroup and attack Pakistan.
Military sources state the COAS General Raheel Sharif will primarily discuss the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and possible peace efforts between the two countries, at the border, and with Taliban. Talks regarding Taliban are expected to surface and prioritized too based on the U.S. State Department’s recent comments on the militant faction. In that, in a press briefing, a U.S. Official stated that the States no longer considers Taliban as terrorists, but a partner in helping to establish peace in the region. Given how Pakistan’s military offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, against different militant factions continues successfully, COAS General Raheel Sharif is expected to impress upon President Obama of its key achievements. COAS General Raheel Sharif is also expected to discuss Pakistan’s nuclear program. More importantly, U.S.’ sale offer of a warship shall be discussed keenly.
This visit by COAS General Raheel Sharif comes hardly after PM Nawaz’s visit to the United States. Experts are of the opinion that it will leave a greater mark compared to that of the Prime Minister’s and as such is considered more crucial. The United States already considers the military leader to be calling the shots for the country instead of the civilian leader and therefore, is expected to rank the visit by COAS Raheel Sharif at a higher level. The meetings should start in less than a week’s time. Let us know what you think could be the agenda, and possible outcomes.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.