Pakistan attaches importance to Ukraine ties: COAS

By: News Desk      Published: 08:17 PM, 20 May, 2021
Pakistan attaches importance to Ukraine ties: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday visited the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and held separate meetings with Minister of Ukraine Shmyhal Denys, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine.

According to ISPR, matters of mutual interest, regional security, Afghan peace plan and defence cooperation came under discussion during the meeting. The COAS said Pakistan attaches great importance to furthering bilateral relations with Ukraine and believes that the two nations would develop meaningful and long term relationship through enhanced cooperation, the military media wing said.

The Ukraine leadership appreciated Pakistan's contributions to the effort to avoid conflict in the region, especially the Afghan Peace Process. 

Earlier, the COAS also called on Taran Andrii – Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Serhii Korniichuk — Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt-Gen Oleksandr Syrskyi –  Commander of the Army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and  Avakov Arsen –  Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. 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.