COAS General Qamar Bajwa calls on Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

21 Jun, 2017 11:03 pm

ANKARA (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

According to the ISPR, matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.

The COAS thanked the President for perennial Turkish support to Pakistan and its role in bringing peace and stability in the region.

The Turkish president acknowledged sacrifices made by Pakistan and contributions by Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism and militancy.

He said that Islamic countries can contribute immensely to global peace and stability and the OIC offers a platform to do that through conflict resolution and dialogues.

Tayyip Erdogan said that Pakistan plays a very important role towards that end and multi-faceted cooperation between the two brotherly countries will have a positive influence.

Both noted that Turkey and Pakistan can always count on each other’s unconditional and sincere support.

Earlier, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Defence Minister of Turkey Fikri ISIK.

Matters related to regional situation and bilateral security cooperation were discussed. Both agreed upon the tremendous potential for cooperation in the fields of security policies, defence production and human resource training. Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Sohail was also present during the meeting.

The COAS also visited Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). On his arrival, he was briefed about the projects being undertaken by TAI in both military and civil aviation industry. TAI has developed particular expertise in helicopters and UAVs.

The COAS visited the facility and took an introductory flight in T129 attack helicopter.

Speaking on the occasion, the COAS appreciated the indigenous technical prowess achieved by Turkey. “Pakistan has great technological and industrial potential which open the scope for very meaningful defence cooperation between the two countries,” he maintained.

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