Gen David Petraeus, new head of US Central Command, arrives in Pakistan

Other News Materials 2 November 2008 19:17 (UTC +04:00)

The new head of U.S. Central Command has arrived in Pakistan - a critical ally in the war on terror, the Associated Press reported.

Gen. David Petraeus, who took the new position on Friday after 20 months as the top U.S. commander in Baghdad, was accompanied by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, the U.S. Embassy confirmed late Sunday.

Acting embassy spokesman Wes Robertson declined to provide specifics of the schedule for the two Americans but said they would meet with government and military officials.

Petraeus' trip here signals how important the U.S. considers Pakistan to success in the anti-terror fight,

particularly the escalating war in neighboring Afghanistan.

But it also comes amid tensions over suspected American missile strikes in Pakistani territory, one of which

recently occurred in the same region the bomber struck Sunday.