Terrorism

‘Gen Khalid Shamim welcomes Osama operation’

Agencies
Thursday, 05-May-2011

 

Canberra: Joints Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Khalid Shamim Wynne who has been in Australia for top level security talks welcomed the US operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden an Australian news agency quoted Defence spokesman as saying.
“It is not the practice of the Australian government to reveal the contents of confidential government-to-government discussions,” the spokesman told the news agency on Thursday.
However, Defence did reveal that bin Laden had been discussed.
Pakistan has is under severe pressure by the world powers to explain how the world’s most wanted man set up house within walking distance of the country’s key officer training academy.
The report said it was not known if Gen Wynne was asked to respond to accusations that the Pakistan military must have known bin Laden’s whereabouts.
“In general terms, the talks with General Wynne involved discussion on a range of security issues, including the death of Osama bin Laden,” the spokesman said.
In a statement released on Wednesday night, Defence said Gen Wynne’s visit was hosted by Defence head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and was the fifth round of Pakistan-Australia Defence and Security Talks.
During the visit he met heads of national security agencies, joined a roundtable discussion at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and called on Defence Minister Stephen Smith.
“At the defence and security talks, General Wynne and Air Chief Marshal Houston discussed the security situation in Pakistan and our shared interest in countering violent militant extremism there,” Defence said.
“Both sides welcomed the recent United States operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.”
Air Chief Marshal Houston said the operation highlighted the continuing importance of close counter-terrorism cooperation between Pakistan and the United States and the international community.

 

 



    

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