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COAS Meets UK’s Chief of Defence Staff

London (October 12, 2018): UK leadership commended the improved security situation in Pakistan, said the Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), on Friday.

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Nicholson Carter in London where upon arrival he was presented with a guard of honour. The meeting was followed by talks between the two delegations on security environment and cooperation, ISPR added.

The COAS also called on Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson, Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) Gareth Bayley and National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill.During the meeting matters of evolving regional security environment and mutual interest were discussed.

“The British leadership was unanimous in acknowledging Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in counter-terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace and stability,” ISPR said about the meetings.

“Pakistan is moving steadily towards enhanced stability and is ready to take Pakistan-UK bilateral security relationship to the next level for mutual benefit and in other fields of common interests,” the COAS was quoted as saying.

Earlier on October 11, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was greeted by Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Sir Nick Carter with a Guard of Honour at the Horse Guards.“They discussed shared UK-Pakistani interests and priorities and emphasised the importance of stability in South Asia and peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Britain’s Ministry of Defence said in a Tweet.

Earlier, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in London, United Kingdom, the head of the military’s media wing, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, said.

The army chief is in London on an official visit during which he will meet the United Kingdom’s civil and military leadership, the DG ISPR said in a tweet.

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