US reaction over the appointment of the Pak Army new Chief

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US reaction over the appointment of the Pak Army new Chief

WASHINGTON: United States first reaction over the retirement of the Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and the appointment of the new Army Chief has come.

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The United States sees Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif as a valued and respected partner in the war against terrorism and wishes him well in his future pursuits, a US official said on Tuesday.

Diplomatic sources say that an announcement about the appointment of the new army chief is expected on Saturday.

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Asked to comment on media reports that the general was stepping down as the army chief, a US State Department spokesperson said that any transition in the Pakistan Army was an internal matter of the country and it was only appropriate that any statement regarding this change should come from its government.