Pakistan, Egypt agree to boost military-to-military, security cooperation

Pakistan, Egypt agree to boost military-to-military, security cooperation

Cairo (Agencies): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday called on Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces and Minister of Defence & Military Production General Mohamed Zaki and Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid Hegazy during his visit to Egypt.

During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, military-to-military relations, defence and security cooperation were discussed.

According to ISPR, the two countries agreed to improve cooperation for regional peace and stability. Both the sides agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in multiple fields including joint ventures, defence production, training and intelligence, Army’s media wing added.

The Egyptian leadership heaped praise on the Pakistan Army for its determination in combating terrorism.

The Army Chief also met Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar. Grand Sheikh commended the efforts of Pakistan Army in eliminating the scourge of terrorism from the country. He also appreciated issuance of ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ fatwa on the issues arising from extremism by religious scholars of all schools of thoughts in Pakistan.

He added that Islam is a religion of moderation and a complete code of conduct, which must not be linked with terrorism/extremism in the global community.

COAS General Bajwa also emphasised the need to harness Muslim youth towards enlightenment, technological advancement, moderation and harmony.

Earlier, on arrival, a smartly turned out contingent of Egyptian Army presented the guard of honour to General Bajwa at the Ministry of Defence.