Pakistan Army held preliminary bilateral talks with International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) on Saturday in Rawalpindi in connection with the tripartite commission meeting, said a press release.
The Isaf delegation was led by Commander Isaf General John Allen and Pakistan Army delegation by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The Isaf delegation arrived for the most significant talks that Pakistan has hosted with the international military alliance and the Afghan military for a year, in a sign that tensions between Pakistan and the US are easing.
The ISPR statement said that the talks focused on operations in border areas and coordination mechanisms to avoid untoward incidents in the future.
The tripartite meeting, between Kayani, Allen and Afghan military chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi, will be the first since Nato airstrikes on a Pakistani security forces check post near the Afghan border which resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers last November.
“The tripartite commission is expected to meet after the arrival of Afghan army chief, General Sher Muhammad Karimi on Sunday,” a senior security official told AFP.
He said the date and time of the commission’s meeting will be disclosed later.
The commission will focus on enhancing measures along the Pak-Afghan border and to improve cooperation at operational and tactical levels, the military said.