Rawalpindi (Web Desk): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir arrived in Türkiye on Wednesday for an official visit, as a part of the historic, diplomatic and military cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign and Defense Ministers, Commander of Turkish General Staff and Commanders of Turkish land and air forces.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Syed Asım Munir at the Presidential Complex. pic.twitter.com/6Vd3kFFaRg— Republic of Türkiye Directorate of Communications (@Communications) September 13, 2023
During the meetings, the COAS emphasised on enhancing defence collaboration and training cooperation. He appreciated Turkish Military’s efforts for maintaining peace and stability in the region and also praised their standards of operational readiness.
The Turkish leaders acknowledged the efforts extended by Pakistan Army engineers who worked along the teams of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) during the unfortunate earthquake that hit Türkiye in February this year.
The Army Chief later visited the Turkish Land Forces’ Headquarters, where on his arrival he was given a warm welcome and was presented with the Guard of Honour. He was also conferred with the Legion of Merit by the Minister of Defence and Commander Turkish Land Forces in recognition of his services towards promoting defence relations between the two countries.
General Asim Munir said that Pakistan and Türkiye had strong brotherly relations which had always stood the test of times.
“The Pakistan Army is always willing to extend full support to the Turkish Land Forces in multiple domains,” he said.
The COAS also visited the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Ankara to pay homage to the great leader and laid a floral wreath at his grave.