Rawalpindi—Federal Minister for Defence Productions Rana Tanveer Hussain, Tuesday, extended an invitation to the visiting Polish Defense Minister to the upcoming Defence Exhibition (IDEAS – 2016) to be held in Pakistan in November this year. In a meeting with a polish delegation led by the Deputy Minister of National Defence of Poland, Bartosz Kownacki, Federal Minister highlighted the need to identify areas of cooperation which could help to further strengthen bilateral ties between Pakistan and Poland.
The visiting Polish Defense Minister emphasized that Poland was a full member NATO since 1999, and is an important European country with strong industrial base. The government of Poland has been pursuing ambitious program of restructuring the defense capacity of Poland. “They have experience of working with the technologically advanced countries of the world, and as a result our industry is doing great advancements in this Industry”, he added.
During the meeting matters of bilateral importance were discussed. Views on both sides were exchanged in order to promote defense cooperation in industrial sector. This will further open avenues for joint collaboration. Both the sides emphasized on the need for developing military to military cooperation at all level.
The Federal Minister for Defense Productions Rana Tanveer Hussain apprised the delegation about the potential of defense industry of Pakistan. He further stated that Pakistan have an advanced defense industry and technology and our engineers and technicians are working hard to achieve the goals.
Both the sides emphasized that there has been limited cooperation/collaboration between the two countries in the past in the field of defense production. In the last decade exchange of visits took place between Poland and Pakistan but major breakthrough could not be achieved. There is a lot of scope for defense cooperation. Both the countries have shown keen interest to sign MoUs and agreements in order to get engaged with each other for a meaningful defense industrial production.
The Federal Minister also expressed his pleasure of great hospitality extended on his visit to Poland to attend 23rd International Defence Industry Exhibition (PSMO) in September 2015 and also his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Poland.