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.

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