COAS: Pakistan wants peaceful, close ties with neighbours

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that Pakistan wanted peaceful and close ties with its neighbours, the military said. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS expressed these views during a meeting with Commander Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Brigadier General Pilot Hamid Vahedi at GHQ in Rawalpindi.

During the meeting, the military’s media wing said, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral cooperation between the two countries were discussed.

The army chief said that Pakistan wanted peaceful and close ties with its neighbours and stressed on the need for collective efforts towards regional stability. Both sides, according to ISPR, agreed to enhance cooperation in the defence and security fields. According to the statement, the visiting dignitary acknowledged the professionalism of Pakistan’s armed forces and vowed to enhance cooperation in various fields. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan situation and effective border management measures. Earlier this month, the army chief termed the Pakistan-Iran frontier as a border of peace and friendship in a meeting with the Iranian interior minister.

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