ISLAMABAD - The 13th meeting of the Pakistan and UK Defence Cooperation Forum (DCF) concluded at the Ministry of Defence on Friday. Lieutenant General (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik Secretary Defence led Pakistan's delegation while Jon Thompson Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence headed the United Kingdom side. The two-day parleys had started on Thursday. According to a statement, the DCF is a long-standing bilateral 'set of talks,' which highlights the strength and duration of the relationship between the two countries and their defence forces. It comprises of equipment and training / capacity building sub-groups, with an aim to identify common areas of interest and collaborate to enhance the military capability requirements. The 12th meeting of the DCF was held in London during August 2011. Besides defence cooperation, the talks discussed Afghanistan and various initiatives underway in promoting peace and stability by the two sides. Both sides agreed on a common perspective and synergy of joint efforts to support reconciliation, capacity building of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and necessary assistance towards success of the transition process, leading upto the Presidential elections in 2014 and the draw down of international forces. The UK warmly appreciated Pakistan's assistance in facilitating transit through its Ground Lines of Communication (GLOC). The working sessions held during the event discussed matters related to defence equipments and trainings. The permanent Under Secretary thanked the Government of Pakistan for hosting the 13th DCF and both leaders agreed to hold the mid-year review by autumn 2013 and the next meeting of the DCF in London in the first quarter of 2014. The UK dignitary further stated that the talks had once again been productive and expressed his thanks for the "warmth of the welcome and the generous hospitality."