Pakistan, Belgium agree to enhance defense, military ties

COAS expressed that Pakistan valued its bilateral relations with Belgium

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday during his official visit to Belgium, called on Minister of Defence, Ludivine Dedonder, Chief of Defence Admiral Michel Hofman, and Chief of Staff of the Land Component, Belgium Major General Pierre Gerard.

During the meetings matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation and bilateral relations were discussed, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media release.

On the occasion, the COAS expressed that Pakistan valued its bilateral relations with Belgium.

Both sides agreed to further optimize military-to-military ties, particularly in defence production, training, Counter-Terrorism and intelligence domains.

The Belgian dignitaries acknowledged the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces. They also appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region and reiterated earnest desire for enhancing bilateral cooperation in all domains. Earlier,

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Secretary-General of the European External Action Services (EEAS) Stefano Sannino and Chairman of the EU Military Committee General Claudio Graziano during his official visit to Belgium.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation including the current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations with EU were discussed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday.

“Pakistan values its relations with EU countries and earnestly looks forward to enhancing mutual cooperation based on common interests,” the military’s media wing quoted Gen Qamar as saying.

The EU dignitaries appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to play their role for increased collaboration with Pakistan at all levels.

Earlier in December, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West called on the army chief and discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan, besides opportunities of bilateral cooperation and matters of mutual interest, the military said.

The ISPR quoted Gen Qamar as saying that the “world and the region could not afford an unstable Afghanistan”, as he stressed the need for global convergence to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

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