Talks Held on the Security Environment and Cooperation
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) held meetings with civil-military leadership on October 12, 2018.
COAS was given guard of honour upon his arrival. He met with the UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Sir Nicholson Carter, followed by delegation level talks on the security environment and cooperation.
COAS also called on Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) Gareth Bayley and National Security Advisor (NSA) Sir Mark Sedwill.
During the meetings, evolving regional security environment and matters of mutual interest were discussed. The discussions ranged from the bilateral bond created by sizeable Pakistan diaspora in Britain as well as shared interests in evolving global geo-political and geo-economic environment. The British leadership acknowledged Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in counter-terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace and stability.
COAS stated that 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.