Defense News quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits on the recent visit that Pakistan’s army chief made to Australia:
Pakistan analyst Claude Rakisits, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, said Australia wants to build on an emerging relationship.
“During the decade-long involvement in Afghanistan, Australia built up an important military relationship with Pakistan, particularly, but not solely, in the area of counter-insurgency,” Rakisits said. “Australia would want to continue to build on that as we move on to a post-2014 situation in Afghanistan.”
He added, “It is important note that after the US, Australia is Pakistan’s most important partner in counter-insurgency training.”
He says efforts to improve the bilateral relationship have been going on for some years now.