July 25, 2023
Release Number 20230725-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. – From July 23-25, General Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla, USCENTCOM commander visited Pakistan to meet with senior military leaders, gain a better understanding of the security situation, and strengthen the military-to-military relationship between USCENTCOM and the Pakistan Armed Forces.
On July 23rd, in small group meetings at the Army House in Rawalpindi, General Kurilla met with General Syed Asim Munir, Pakistan's Chief of the Army Staff, and other senior military leaders. Discussions focused on strengthening the military-to-military relations between the Pakistani Armed Forces and USCENTCOM with particular focus on counter terrorism, military trauma combat casualty care, security cooperation, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance opportunities.
On July 24th, General Kurilla traveled to Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Center to meet with the Major General Asad Nawaz Khan, the Pakistani Director General of Military Training, Brigadier Suleman Khalid, the Commandant of the National Counter Terrorism Center, and to visit the Pakistani Army Sniper School. Discussion focused on combined Pakistan and USCENTCOM counter terrorism training opportunities, and the training management process of the Pakistani Army. The visit included a live fire assault demonstration and sniper range and weapon overview.
“Every time I visit the Pakistan military I am impressed with the professionalism, commitment, and competence of everyone I meet,” General Kurilla said. “CENTCOM views the US-Pakistan relationship on its own merits, and I am committed to strengthening this important partnership that dates back over 75 years.”