Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was presented with the Order of Bahrain (First Class) on Friday by the country’s crown prince in recognition of his services to bolster defence cooperation between Pakistan and the island kingdom.
The army chief visited Bahrain from January 6-8 where he met the country’s civil and military leadership, according to a statement by the ISPR.
Gen Bajwa called on His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad bin lsa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Commander-in-Chief Bahrain Defence Forces and His Royal Highness, Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Commander Bahrain National Guard during his visit.
“During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, bilateral defence and security cooperation and regional security situation in the Middle East came under discussion,” read a statement.
The Bahraini leadership reaffirmed their “special relationship” with Pakistan, according to the ISPR, and resolved to improve ties between the two countries. Later on, the army chief witnessed the closing ceremony of the Pak-Bahrain joint military exercise, AL-Badar-V at Sakhir Camp. “He appreciated standard of training.