Pak-Australia defence ties could act as impetus for bilateral cooperation: COAS

Published on – September 13, 2017 – 5:05 pm
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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that enhanced defence ties between Pakistan and Australia could act as the impetus for broader cooperation, especially in fields of education, investment and regional connectivity.


Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that enhanced defence ties between Pakistan and Australia could act as the impetus for broader cooperation, especially in fields of education, investment and regional connectivity.

The chief of army staff (COAS) expressed the remarks during his meetings with the Australia’s civil and military leadership. He is in Canberra on a two-day official visit.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Qamar has held meetings with Australian Senate’s Committee for Foreign and Defence Affairs head Senator David Fawcett, Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin and Air Chief Air Marshal Gavin Davies.

The country’s leadership appreciated Pakistan’s contributions and achievements in War on Terror and acknowledged sacrifices of Pakistani nation and its army, the military’s media wing added.

Gen Bajwa also interacted with the dignitaries at Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Office of National Assessment both of which advice the Australian government on myriad policy issues.

The army chief said he was humbled by the Australia’s goodwill for Pakistan and their desire to enhance bilateral relations.