Rawalpindi, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) while on official visit to Ukraine, visited Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine where he held separate meetings with H.E. Mr Shmyhal Denys – Prime Minister of Ukraine and H.E. Mr Uruskyi Oleh – Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine. During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including recent developments in Afghan Peace Process and enhanced bilateral & defence cooperation in various fields were discussed. COAS said that Pakistan attaches great importance to furthering bilateral relations with Ukraine and believes that both nations would develop meaningful and long term relationship through enhanced cooperation. Both dignitaries appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region, especially the Afghan Peace Process.
Earlier the COAS also called on H.E. Mr Taran Andrii – Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Serhii Korniichuk — Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Oleksandr Syrskyi – Commander of the Army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and H.E. Mr Avakov Arsen – Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, today. On arrival at the Ministry of Defence, COAS was presented a Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out military contingent.
Besides mutual and professional interests, matters of defence and security collaboration between both countries and overall regional security situation were discussed, during the meetings. Both sides agreed to further optimize military to military ties particularly in defence production, training, counter terrorism and intelligence domains. The dignitaries appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region and reiterated Ukraine’s desire for enhancing bilateral cooperation in all domains.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited a Military Test Site in Kharkiv region of Ukraine and witnessed field tests of various weapons and equipment, today.
COAS took keen interest in the tests and appreciated the performance of all ranks associated with the projects. COAS said that defence cooperation between both countries has always been traditionally an important component of our bilateral relations. Pakistan is keen to enhance defence cooperation with Ukraine on the basis of Transfer of Technology (ToT) and Joint Ventures (JVs) in future as both sides can benefit from each other’s experience.