ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan on Thursday proposed establishment of institutional framework for defence collaboration between Pakistan and Iraq.
In a meeting with the ambassador of Iraq Dr. Ali Yassin Mohammed Karim in his office at Ministry of Defence in Rawalpindi, the minister expressed Pakistan’s desire for peace and prosperity of Iraqi People.
Dastgir informed the dignitary that Pakistan had developed best training facilities and infrastructure for its armed forces, and offered assistance in the development of training infrastructure and capacity building for Iraqi armed forces.
The minister also highlighted the important role of Pakistan as a stabilizing factor for regional security.
Khurram Dastgir said regional cooperation was essential to attain sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The defence minister also apprised the Iraqi ambassador about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and highlighted excessive border violations by the Indian army in 2017. He pointed out that International Community needed to take serious notice of the situation.
Later, the Iraqi ambassador also called on the Secretary Defence Lt. General (retd) Zameer-ul-Hassan Shah.
During the meeting, matters related to mutual interest and bilateral importance were discussed.
The Secretary Defence apprised the ambassador about the efforts of Pakistani Armed Forces in countering the menace of terrorism.