RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood participated in the South Asian and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chief’s Dialogue held in Colombo.
In his address at the forum, the CJCSC highlighted the role played by Pakistan to achieve peace and stability in the region through a perennial resolve against terrorism in its all manifestations.
The CJCSC also dilated upon the functioning of Higher Defence Organization in Pakistan and the synergetic effects of strategic thinking at the highest fora.
On the sidelines of SASEAN, General Rashad Mahmood also held wide ranging bilateral talks with host country’s Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuria and delegates from other countries which included Hon Anatoly Antonov Deputy Minister of Defence of Russian Federation General Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin Chief of Defence Forces Malaysia, Lieutenant General Wang Ning Chief of General Staff Peoples Liberation Army China Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdulla Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Major General Ahmed Shiyam Chief of Defence Forces Maldives.
During these meetings, matters related to bilateral interests came under discussion.
The SASEAN forum is a conclave of Defence Chiefs of 18 regional countries which also constitutes SAARC and ASEAN.
This being the first session is significant due to its regional peace, stability and confidence building goal setting agenda, and the coming into prominence of the region due to its natural geographical foray into Indo-Pacific Ocean.
The delegates from China and Russia also attended the dialogue as observers.