Islamabad, October 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister of Defence Syed Naveed Qamar meets the highest leadership and command in the House of Guards in Topcider, Belgrade. The Defence Minister is leading a four member delegation to Serbia.
Speaking about the importance of the meeting, the Defence Minister and Deputy PM of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic said that Pakistan was and remained a friend of Serbia and has always been on the side of Pakistan in the international context. During the visit, Syed Naveed Qamar met the Serbian President, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the Prime Minister, Mr. Ivica Dacic, the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly, Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic. The Defence Minister also visited various defence installations and witnessed a demonstration held by Serbian Special Forces.
The visit is aimed at identifying avenues for cooperation between the defence establishments of the two countries. In this context, a prospective Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of defence also came under discussion.
The Minister also broached issues of opening of Serbian Embassy in Islamabad, concluding Preferential Trade Agreement and holding of Joint Ministerial Commission. The Serbian dignitaries assured their fullest cooperation and stated that these issues will be addressed at priority. Topic of the meeting held with Serbian President and Deputy PM was the promotion of bilateral cooperation in different fields, and the two sides talked about the military-to-military, military-economic and military-educational cooperation.
Minister Vucic agreed that a military delegation of the Republic of Serbia should visit Pakistan as soon as possible and also there were discussions about the development of cooperation in the field of technology transfer, which is of great importance for Serbia, he said, adding that this would open the doors for various types of cooperation between the two countries. Serbian Minister was more precise saying that their defence industry has to offer armoured vehicles, large calibre ammunition, night-vision devices, and the use of wind tunnels that are in the possession of our Military technical Institute.
In the meetings, the Serbian leadership deeply appreciated Pakistan’s principled stance on the Kosovo issue. Pakistan and Serbia have good cooperation. The tough times in this country have passed and the time has come to re-establish good relations and strengthen the cooperation in defence, trade, as well as the economic cooperation.
Over the past several years, there were arrangements on the signing of agreement on bilateral cooperation, and today we have discussed how to continue what has been started in the past, said Minister Qamar, adding that both sides agreed on the exchange of officers who will visit the Military Academy for education and exchange of experience.
Defence Minister Syed Naveed Qamar also extended invitations from President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the President and Prime Minister of Serbia to visit Pakistan, which were accepted and highly appreciated.
The visit paved the way for enhanced cooperation between the two countries in near future.
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