Islamabad, October 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): 10th HLMDG Meeting between Pakistan and Turkey which commenced on the 2nd day to discuss matters of training and defence equipment. The two meetings were held in Ministry of Defence and Defence Production respectively. The working group was headed by Major General Farrukh Bashir, DG FMC, JSHQ from Pakistan side and Major General Oguz Serhad HABIBOGLU, DG Force Improvement and Source Management, Head of Defence Industry Working Group from Turkish side.
Turkey and Pakistan have historical and brotherly relations and both sides wish to translate the relations to help each other in the field of defence, trade, economy and further the impetus. Secretary Defence Lt. General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak during his remarks said “our resolve of a peaceful and stable region remains undeterred despite difficulties. Our Armed Forces are fighting the menace with full determination. Achieving peace in the region is of paramount importance”.
Turkish side also gave a presentation discussing the security situation and Regional Role. Turkish General Yasar Guler said both countries are cooperating in the field of air, sea and land and we must further diversify the scope of this cooperation.
Pakistan and Turkey have jointly been working in the field of Defence and recent strides in the field of communication, aircraft and shipbuilding is commendable. During a meeting with Secretary Defence Production Lt. General (Retd) Tanvir Tahir Turkish General Yasar Guler said that “Both Pakistan and Turkey should explore new ways of improving cooperation in the field of Defence.
“Pakistan like Turkey is a future energy corridor and has an important place in the region”. Turkey showed great interest in coming and placing stalls at IDEAS 2014. They also showed interest in visiting the Defence Industries at Kamra, Wah, Taxila and Karachi.
The delegation also met other important offices before being hosted for an official dinner by Secretary Defence Lt. General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak. The dinner was attended by important and senior people from both sides. Turkish General thanked Secretary Defence for kind hospitality and expressed happiness over the successful visit.
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