By CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr
In their final official meeting, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told his Pakistani counterpart he was deeply concerned about the attacks being staged by operatives loyal to the Haqqani network of insurgents that operates on both the Pakistan and Afghan side of the border.
In a lengthy one-on-one meeting Friday night in Seville, Spain, Admiral Michael Mullen conveyed to Pakistan's Gen. Ashfaq Kayani "his deep concerns about the increasing - and increasingly brazen - activities of the Haqqani network and restated his strong desire to see the Pakistani military take action against them and their safe havens in North Waziristan," Mullen spokesman Captain John Kirby told CNN.
Mulllen believes that "elements" of the Pakistani intelligence services known as the ISI "directly support" the Haqqani network Kirby said. US officials believe the Haqqanis are behind some of the most high profile attacks in Afghanistan, including the attacks earlier this week against the US embassy and NATO military headquarters in Kabul.
Pakistan's intelligence service has long supported the Haqqanis – first against the Soviets and more recently to counter growing Indian influence in Afghanistan. The Haqqani network has frequently targeted Indian interests in Afghanistan. It also acts as an intermediary when Pakistan wants to influence the behavior of other militant groups.
Mullen who is retiring at the end of this month, met with Kayani, for more than two hours. "They agreed that the relationship between our two countries remained vital to the region and that both sides had taken positive steps to improve that relationship over the past few months. They also discussed the state of military-to-military cooperation and pledged to continue to find ways to make it better," Kirby said.
Both men were in Spain to attend a high level NATO military meeting.