Pak, UK agree to further strengthen defence relationship

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RAWALPINDI: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence UK Stephen Lovegrove held separate meetings with Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee , COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Ikram Ul Haq on Tuesday.
During the meetings, both sides exchanged views on matters related to international and regional security.
Ways and means to further strengthen bilateral defence relationship were also discussed.
The two sides took stock of the progress made since holding of the last round of Pakistan-UK Defence Cooperation Forum in the UK and explored new avenues of collaboration.
The meeting agreed that cooperation between Pakistan and the United Kingdom in all spheres of mutual interest shall continue more vigorously by focusing on achieving set targets. Both sides decided to enhance the level of their interaction at all levels.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence UK also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of Army Staff and discussed matters of mutual interest.
According to ISPR, they discussed the regional security situation.  The UK defence secretary appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in peace and stability.
The British Defence Secretary along with his delegation is visiting Pakistan to attend 16th Session of Pakistan-UK Defence Cooperation Forum meeting.
The forum provides a comprehensive mechanism for bilateral collaboration in the domains of defence and defence industry.

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