Islamabad, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Russia on official visit.
COAS met Colonel General Oleg Salyukov, Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces at Kremlin Palace, said a statement issued by the Inter Service Public relations (ISPR) of Pakistan Armed Forces.
The sources in Russian military department indicate that matters related with holding joint Russian-Pakistani exercises” Friendship-2018 ” (дружба2018) came under discussion as well as the participation of Pakistani teams in the international military games-2018 were also discussed.
Also during the visit to Moscow, the commander-in-chief of the Pakistani Land Force laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall, and then the military delegation visited the museum of the Russian Armed Forces.
Upon arrival COAS was presented guard of honour who laid wreath at the Tomb of unknown soldier. National anthems of both countries were played.
The Russian Ground Forces Commander acknowledged achievements of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism and contributions for regional peace and stability. Russian Ground Forces Commander said that Pakistan is a geo-strategically important country and Russia is keen to expand its existing bilateral military to military cooperation.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked Russian Ground Forces Commander and said that Pakistan reciprocates desire of enhanced bilateral military engagements. COAS said that Russia has recently played a positive role to help resolve complex situations in the region. He said that Pakistan will continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches which bring regional convergences into play rather that the divergences.
Correspondent from Moscow adds:
The visit of head of Pakistani forces in Moscow is the fourth important event where Russian and Pakistani top civil and military leadership met in less than 24 hours. National Security Advisor of Pakistan Gen Janjua held a series of meetings along with his high-powered delegates in Moscow including his meeting with Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev.
The commander-in-chief of the Ground Forces, Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov, held talks in Moscow with his colleague from Pakistan, General Kamar Javed Bajwa, the Russian Defense Ministry said.