COAS meets UK counterpart, discusses bilateral military cooperation

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Our Special Correspondent

RAWALPINDI

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met his counterpart Chief of Defence Staff United Kingdom General Sir Nick Carter, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Monday.

According to the ISPR, the leaders discussed the geo-strategic environment and bilateral military cooperation between the two countries.

The Pakistan Army’s media wing said that a session of delegation level strategic dialogue was held between the two sides.

The army chief is in the United Kingdom on an official visit for meetings with senior British civil-military leadership.

On Sunday, the army chief also visited the Lord’s cricket ground to watch the Pakistan cricket team play against South Africa in the Cricket World Cup.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asif Ghafoor accompanied the Pakistan army chief to the cricket stadium.

The COAS, who reached London on June 20, last visited the UK in October 2018.

On Saturday, Gen Bajwa spoke at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, where he said that Pakistan is on the cusp of achieving sustainable, irreversible, enduring peace and stability.

“Improving security situation would attract foreign investment in Pakistan,” he said.

“International partnership, support and determination also hold importance to cope with regional challenges and foreign investment is key to regional contacts,” the army chief added.