Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has offered to provide training to Myanmar in education, defence and other sectors during a meeting with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Myanmar, who called on the President along with a delegation at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.

The President said that Pakistan desires to enhance its relations with Myanmar in the fields of trade, commerce, defence, and tourism. The President apprised that operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully against terrorists which has produced positive results.

The President highlighted that bilateral trade between the two countries is below its true potential and said it needs to be further enhanced. He also congratulated Myanmar for successfully holding the chairmanship of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) in 2014.

He observed that Pakistan and Myanmar have a long history of friendly relations. He stated that Pakistan respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar. He said that Pakistan would continue supporting Myanmar’s efforts for regional peace and cooperation at all levels. The President also expressed hope that government of Myanmar would provide equal treatment to all minorities including Muslim minority.

Meanwhile, General Min Aung Hlaing also called on General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) today. Both the dignitaries discussed matters related to professional interest and mutual cooperation between the two Armed Forces.

While being briefed on security perspective of Pakistan the visiting dignitary appreciated the professionalism and sacrifices rendered by the Armed Forces of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services is heading a high powered delegation; the visit is part of bilateral measures to enhance cooperation between the two Armed Forces. Earlier on his arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters he was presented a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of tri-services.