Pakistan, Belgium agree to enhance military ties

Pakistan, Belgium agree to enhance military ties

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): Pakistan and Belgium have agreed to further optimize military-to-military ties particularly in defence production, training, counter-terrorism and intelligence domains, the military's media wing stated on Friday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), an agreement to this effect reached during a meeting between Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Belgium Minister of Defence Ludivine Dedonder, Chief of Defence Admiral Michel Hofman, and Chief of Staff of the Land Component Major General Pierre Gerard in Belgium.

The army chief said that Pakistan values its bilateral relations with Belgium in all domains.

During the meetings, bilateral matters pertaining to mutual interest and overall regional security situation came under discussion.

In their remarks, Belgian dignitaries appreciated professionalism of Pakistan's armed forces and Islamabad's sincere efforts for regional peace and stability.

They also reiterated earnest desire for enhancing bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in all domains.

A day earlier, COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Belgium, called on Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Stefano Sannino and Chairman of the European Union (EU) Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano,  the military's media wing said.

The ISPR stated that matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation including current situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations with EU were discussed during the during the meetings.

"Pakistan values its relations with EU countries and earnestly look forward to enhance mutual cooperation based on common interest," COAS Bajwa said.

The EU dignitaries appreciated Pakistan's sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to play their role for increased collaboration with Pakistan at all levels.