RAWALPINDI - Chief of Defence, Italian Armed Forces Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone on Wednesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and enhanced military cooperation in the fields of training and counter terrorism domains were discussed, says a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The COAS said Pakistan values its relations with Italy, and earnestly looks forward to enhance mutually beneficial multi-domain relations, while forging strong defence cooperation based on common interests.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces. Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone also appreciated Pakistan’s role in regional stability and pledged to reciprocate with further improvements in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan and Italy enjoy cordial relations, which are based on convergence on all important issues relating to peace, defence and security.

He was talking to Chief of the Defence Staff Italian Armed Forces, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone in Rawalpindi. General Nadeem Raza said that there is enormous scope for expanding and deepening the existing relations in multiple domains including defence cooperation.

During the meeting, Chief of the Defence Staff Italy lauded the professionalism of Pakistan's Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

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Italian defence chief lauds professionalism of Pakistan’s Armed Forces

Matters of mutual professional interests including further strengthening of security and defence cooperation specifically in the field of defence production were discussed during the meeting.  Earlier, upon arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone was presented with a guard of honour by a smartly turned-out contingent of Pakistan Armed Forces. Also, Chief of Defence General Staff Italian Armed Forces Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone called on Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu in Islamabad on Wednesday. During the meeting, matters of regional security situation, mutual and professional interest with special emphasis on defence and security collaboration between the two countries were discussed.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and vowed to enhance cooperation in various fields. He further said that these mutually beneficial interactions have deepened the bilateral defence relationship, strengthened the cooperation and enhanced mutual understanding between the two sides. The Air Chief reaffirmed the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between Italy and Pakistan.  Both the dignitaries also agreed to further revitalize defence ties including training and indigenous production.