23 January 2023: Lieutenant General Alexus Grynkewich, Commander of Ninth Air Force (U.S. Air Forces Central Command), called on Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force in his office today. During the meeting, matters pertaining to the regional security situation, and enhanced bilateral and defense cooperation were discussed. The visiting dignitary lauded the professionalism of PAF personnel and the exceptional progress made by the Pakistan Air Force over the years, especially through indigenization. He also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in promoting regional peace and vowed to enhance cooperation in various fields. The AFCENT Commander offered heartfelt condolences to the people of Pakistan over the loss of life amidst devastation caused by floods and appreciated the efforts put in by the Pakistan Air Force for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. The Air Chief highlighted that both countries enjoy cordial relations and reiterated his resolve to further enhance the existing bilateral cooperation between the two strategic partners. The Chief of the Air Staff also shared his vision of modernizing PAF to meet the evolving security and geopolitical challenges. The Air Chief further said, “Pakistan values its strong diplomatic, economic, and defense relations with the United States of America which are based on convergence on all important issues relating to regional peace, security, and stability”. Both sides agreed to further optimize military-to-military ties, particularly in training and operational domains.