Monday, April 15, 2024

Pakistan and Germany have pledged to strengthen ‘defence and security partnerships at all levels’

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, met with General Eberhard Zorn, the Chief of Defence of Germany, and emphasised the importance of expanding military cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Detlef Waechter, Director-General for Security and Defence Policy at the German Ministry of Defence, was also present, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement released on Friday.

During the meeting, Gen Qamar, who is on an official visit to Germany, discussed issues of mutual interest, the regional security situation, mutual defence and security cooperation, and bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields.

According to the Pakistan Army’s media wing, Gen Qamar stated that the Pakistan Army would like to strengthen bilateral defence collaboration to benefit from German expertise in training and technological breakthroughs.

“It will have a favourable impact on bilateral relations as well as regional security,” it continued.

In addition, the German military official praised Pakistan’s contribution to regional peace and security, particularly in the Afghan peace process.

He also praised the Pakistan Army’s efforts in combating the scourge of terrorism and restoring peace and stability to the area.

Both parties agreed to expand defence and security cooperation at all levels, according to the ISPR.

General Qamar had met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas the day before, and Special Representative for the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel was also there.

“Pakistan values its connections with Germany and has expressed a desire for expanded mutually beneficial bilateral relations,” the COAS was quoted as saying by the ISPR.

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