David Petraeus
French deputy Axel Poniatowski (2ndR), also head of France's National Assembly Foreign Affairs committee and US war commander General David Petraeus (L) take part in a parliamentary hearing at the French National Assembly in Paris, on November 22, 2010. – AFP Photo

PARIS: A top French lawmaker says Gen. David Petraeus has praised Pakistan’s “good cooperation” in the fight against insurgents and said that allied training of Afghan forces is advancing quickly.

The top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan is in Paris for meetings with officials.

Axel Poniatowski, who heads the National Assembly’s foreign affairs commission, says Petraeus briefed lawmakers about how the allies have trained 260,000 Afghan troops.

The lawmaker says Petraeus told the panel that Pakistan has committed necessary forces and obtained “satisfactory results” notably in the South Waziristan and Punjab regions.

Petraeus did not speak to reporters Monday. He is to speak in public at a Paris university Tuesday. – AP

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