Nishan-i-Imtiaz conferred upon Italian Air Force chief

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  • President Alvi says Pakistan regards Italy as a friend, a reliable partner

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday conferred the Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Staff of Italian Air Force Lt General Enzo Vecciarelli during an investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, senior military and civil officers were also present on the occasion. After the ceremony, the Italian Air Force chief also called on President Alvi who congratulated him on the conferment of the Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military).

He emphasised that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Italy and regards Italy as a friend and a reliable partner. He said that Pakistan deeply values its relations with Italy, both bilaterally and within the context of the European Union.

He underlined that both the countries enjoy commonality of views on a host of regional and global issues and continue to work closely on all issues of common interest. The president underscored that Pakistan was keen to enhance cooperation in defence training and institutional collaboration between the two countries.

He also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment in eradicating extremism and terrorism from its soil. Lt Gen Enzo Vecciarelli thanked the president, the government and people of Pakistan and hoped that bilateral relations between both the countries would continue to grow in the future.