Kyrgyz army chief calls on defence minister

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RAWALPINDI: Major General Rayimbedi Duyshenbiev, Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan called on Federal Minister for Defence, engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan at Ministry of Defence. INP PHOTO

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan Army, Major General Rayimbedi Duyshenbiev called on Federal Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan in his office in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

While welcoming the dignitary, the defence minister said that Pakistan greatly valued its friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan and looked forward to further strengthening the ties.

Both the sides agreed that there was considerable potential to enhance mutual relations in defence and other fields.

The minister expressed satisfaction on the recent ratification of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual training. He stated that Pakistan looked forward to further enhancing cooperation with Kyrgyzstan. He also highlighted that regional stability, security and peace were common goals.

The minister stressed on further diversification and strengthening of defence cooperation between the two sides through a broad-based agreement. He also suggested a regular exchange of defence delegations to each other’s training institutions.

The expertise of armed forces of Pakistan in the field of counter-terrorism along with related training facilities was also mentioned by the defence minister.

The visiting dignitary highlighted the importance Kyrgyzstan placed on strengthening defence collaboration with Pakistan. He supported the idea of a wide-ranging MoU on military and technical cooperation. He also invited the defence minister to visit Kyrgyzstan at his convenience.

Dastagir also extended the invitation to the Kyrgyz delegation to visit Pakistan to participate in IDEAS-2018.