LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has met UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Sir Nicholson Carter, where upon arrival he was also presented guard of honour.
General Bajwa said that the country is ready to take its bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom to the “next level” for mutual benefit as the country moves towards enhanced stability.
According to statement issued by ISPR, the meeting was followed up by delegation level talks on security environment and cooperation.
Later, the COAS called on Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence Gareth Bayley, UK Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) and National Security Adviser (NSA) Mark Sedwill.
During the meetings evolving regional security environment and matters of mutual interest were discussed. British leadership was unanimous in acknowledging Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in Counter Terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace and stability.
The COAS said that Pakistan is moving steadily towards enhanced stability and is ready to take Pakistan-UK bilateral security relationship to the next level for mutual benefit, and in other fields of common interests.
The discussions ranged from the bilateral bond created by sizeable Pakistan diaspora in Britain as well as shared interests in evolving global geo-political and geo-economic environment.
The army chief also called on Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson, the Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) Gareth Bayley National Security Adviser (NSA) Mark Sedwill.
The evolving regional security environment and matters of mutual interest were also discussed during the meetings, added the ISPR statement.