Russia’s top mily commander meets COAS, PAF chief, talks bilateral ties

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RAWALPINDI: Commander in Chief Russian Ground Forces, Army General Oleg Salyukov and his delegation in a meeting with Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during their visit to the GHQ, here Tuesday. - ISPR photo

RAWALPINDI: Commander in Chief Russian Ground Forces, Army General Oleg Salyukov on Tuesday met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan and discussed the military ties between Pakistan and Russia.
According to a press statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations Tuesday, the Commander in Chief Russian Ground Forces called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at General Headquarters.
During the meeting matters related to enhanced security/training cooperation and measures to further expand joint military ties between the two armies were discussed.
The COAS said that cooperation between both countries will not only help in improving peace and stability in the region, but will also usher economic prosperity. He said Pakistan does not believe in zero sum games but rather, integration and cooperation.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan Army’s professionalism and achievements in war against terrorism. He said that the world should appreciate more what Pakistan has achieved. He also expressed the Russian desire to forge strong and broad based relations with Pakistan.
Earlier, on arrival at GHQ, Commander in Chief Russian Ground Forces laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A contingent of Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.
According to a statement issued by the PAF, Russian army’s commander-in-chief on Tuesday met with Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan at Air Headquarters in Islamabad separately.
Matters of bilateral interests, bilateral cooperation and regional situation came under discussion in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Secretary General for National Defence and Security of France Mrs Claire Landais called on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi Tuesday.
During the meeting matters of mutual interest including defence and security cooperation and overall regional security situation were discussed.
Both sides highlighted the need to increase military level interactions between the two countries to bolster defence ties.
The visiting dignitary appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in battling the scourge of terrorism in the country and for maintenance of peace and stability in the region. – NNI