COAS Qamar Bajwa, Italian defence secretary discuss developments in Afghanistan

RAWALPINDI: Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, Secretary-General of Defence and National Armaments Director, Italy called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ on Thursday.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including the recent developments in Afghanistan and with particular reference to enhanced military cooperation in the field of training and counter-terrorism domains were discussed.

The COAS said that Pakistan values Italy’s role in global and regional affairs. “We look forward to enhance our bilateral relationship.” He also emphasized on the urgency for swiftly devising an institutional mechanism for channeling humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in order to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe. He asserted that ‘Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan’.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged the professionalism of Pakistan armed forces and vowed to enhance cooperation in various fields. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, special efforts for border management and role in regional stability.

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