ANKARA, Turkey: The 15th meeting of Turkey-Pakistan High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) was held in Ankara from December 22-23, 2020.
The Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff General Selcuk Bayraktaroğlu led the Turkish delegation while the Secretary Defence Lt. General (retd) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain led Pakistan delegation in the talks.
During the HLMDG meeting, both delegations discussed all avenues of mutual cooperation in military training, education, counter-terrorism and defence industry cooperation including joint production and procurement.
Both sides shared perspectives on prevailing regional environment including the Middle East, South Asia and Afghanistan.
The two sides reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen defence cooperation.
The meeting also took stock of the progress that has been made since the last HLMDG meeting held in Pakistan in April last year.
The HLMDG is the highest level of institutional mechanism between Pakistan and Turkey, mandated to charter policies and action plans to promote ties in the defence field.
The next Session of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2021.
Lt. General (retd) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain separately called on the Minister for National Defence of Turkey Hulusi Akar, the Chief of Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Güler, the Head of Presidency of Turkish Defence Industries Professor Dr. Ismail Demir, and the CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Dr. Temil Kotil.
Pakistan delegation also visited defence industry firms including Baykar (UAV OEM), ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, and TAI.