Australia and Pakistan resolute to strengthen security and defence cooperation

BYYasir Rehman


Australia and Pakistan have reiterated their firm resolve to further strengthen and enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation.

The consensus was reached during 13th Round of Pakistan – Australia, Defence and Security Talks and 10th Round of 1.5 Track Security Dialogue at Pakistan’s Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

General Angus J. Campbell, Chief of Defence Forces Australia, who is on official visit to Pakistan co-chaired the meeting alongside his Pakistani counterpart General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on Monday.

During the meeting, the two senior military leaders engaged in comprehensive discussions on defence and security cooperation, regional dynamics, and global security challenges.

“Both sides reiterated the resolve to further strengthen and enhance security and defence cooperation between the two countries”, said an official statement issued after the meeting.

The Australian dignitaries remained appreciative of the high professional standards of Pakistan Armed Forces, their achievements in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for regional peace and stability.

Earlier upon arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, General Angus J. Campbell, was presented “Guard of Honour” by a smartly turned-out tri-services contingent.

General Angus J. Campbell with Pakistan Army Chief. Photos by ISPR.

General Angus J. Campbell, Chief of Defence Forces Australia, also paid a visit to General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

During their meeting, they engaged in discussions on matters of bilateral professional interest, with a particular focus on the global and regional security environment and cooperation between the two Armed Forces. Both parties expressed a mutual desire to further expand military-to-military cooperation.

The Australian Chief of Defence Forces expressed his admiration for the high professional standards maintained by the Pakistan Armed Forces, their notable achievements in the fight against terrorism, and their continued efforts to promote regional peace and stability.

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