RAWALPINDI: Commander Turkish Land Forces General Umit Dundar on Monday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and discussed bilateral military cooperation.
“During the meeting, matters of mutual and professional interest with special emphasis on defence and security collaboration between the two brotherly countries were discussed,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Pakistan “highly values” its brotherly relations with Turkey which are deeply rooted in history and entrenched in our cultural and religious affinities, the communique quoted Gen Qamar as saying.
Both sides agreed to further optimise military to military ties particularly in training and counter-terrorism domains, it added.
The Turkish general appreciated Pakistan Army’s role for regional peace and stability and contributions towards defeating terrorism.
Upon arrival, the visiting commander was also presented with a guard of honour by a smartly turned out military contingent.
Earlier, Gen Umit called on President Arif Alvi and discussed the matters of mutual interest. President Alvi reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to further intensify bilateral cooperation with Turkey in the areas of trade, defence and culture.
Talking to the visiting commander, he underlined the need for increasing cooperation with Turkey in various fields for the mutual benefits of the two brotherly countries.
Expressing satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral relations, the president said that both countries enjoyed exemplary ties which needed to be further cemented in the areas of trade and defence.
He expressed the hope that the agreement on military training cooperation between the two countries would further boost military ties.
General Umit said that Pakistan and Turkey are inseparable as they have a long history of cooperation based on common faith, values and historical linkages.
He further said that the people of Turkey views Pakistanis as their brothers and emphasised the need to promote cooperation in all aspects, particularly defence.
He thanked the president for the conferment of the Award of “Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)” on him.
President Dr Arif Alvi said that India was using Afghan soil for terrorism in Pakistan by providing training and funding to militants.
Pakistan is concerned about involvement of India in terrorist activities in the country by using the soil of brotherly country Afghanistan, the president said while talking to the visiting Commander of Turkish Land Forces, General Umit Dundar, who called on him at the Presidency.
The president mentioned a recent terrorist incident taken place in Lahore on June 23, saying that the terrorist activity was carried out with the support of India.
He also expressed concern over the apathy and silence of the international community over incidents of illegal uranium trade in India.
He urged the international community to play its role in resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
The president reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to further intensify bilateral cooperation with Turkey as there existed huge opportunities for increasing cooperation in the areas of trade, defence and culture.
Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed
Meanwhile, Pakistan, Turkey have agreed to promote bilateral military cooperation. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, who is on a 04-day official visit to Turkey, met with the senior Military leadership of Turkey, on Tuesday.
The Air Chief separately called on Minister for National Defence of Turkey Mr. Hulusi AKAR and Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yasar Guler.
During the meetings, he discussed ways to further promote Pakistan-Turkey defence ties, particularly between the two air forces through mutual experience sharing as well as relying on the respective strengths of each side.
Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, also called on Commander Turkish Air Force, General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ.
Both the commanders held detailed discussion on enhancing collaboration and exchanging expertise between the air forces of the two countries to meet the challenges of the contemporary world. The discussion also included exchange & training of pilots between PAF and TurAF.
Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was also awarded Legion of Merit of Turkish Armed Forces in recognition of his outstanding services for promotion of collaboration and ties between the two air forces. General Hasan KÜÇÜKAKYÜZ, Commander Turkish Air Force, presented the medal.