RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistan and Turkey held the 12th round of High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) Meeting in Rawalpindi during which they agreed to work for a Comprehensive Bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement encompassing all facets of cooperation.
The two-day 12th round of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG Meeting was held at the Ministry of Defence in Rawalpindi from January 25 to 26.
The Secretary Ministry of Defence Lieutenant General (retd) Zamir-ul-Hasan Shah led the Pakistan’s delegation while Turkish delegation was headed by the Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff of Republic of Turkey General Umit DUNDAR.
During the meeting, the two sides resolved to work together for enhanced cooperation in defence and security related fields. It was agreed in the meeting that the 13th round of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG would be held in Turkey.
Prior to Plenary Session, General Umit DUNDAR held a meeting with Lt General (retd) Zamir-ul-Hasan Shah.
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including whole spectrum of bilateral defence cooperation were discussed. Both the leaders expressed concern on terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Turkey.
The secretary defence apprised the visiting delegation about the successes achieved by Pakistan as a result of military operation Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan (NAP).
Both the sides deliberated upon various areas of interest including security, counter terrorism and prevailing regional environment particularly with reference to Afghanistan and Middle East.
They also took stock of the measures that have been taken since last the HLMDG meeting held in Turkey in October 2015.
General Umit DUNDAR also held meetings with the Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman .
In all these meetings, matters relating to defence cooperation covering training, exchange visits and co-production of defence equipment were discussed.