Delegation from Pakistan’s National Defence University visits Sri Lanka

A delegation from the National Defense University of Pakistan held a meeting with Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Major General (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on Tuesday. (Pakistan’s High Commission in Colombo)
Updated 16 April 2019
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Delegation from Pakistan’s National Defence University visits Sri Lanka

  • Representatives are expected to hold talks with senior officials in Colombo
  • Move part of efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two nations

ISLAMABAD: A 17-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan met with High Commissioner Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat in Colombo as part of a visit which is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, a statement released on Tuesday read.
The group, led by Air Commodore Mustafa Anwer, is in Sri Lanka for a six-day visit and comprises senior officials from Pakistan’s Armed Forces and allied officers from Iran, Bangladesh and Nepal, who are undergoing a National Security and War Course at the NDU.
The visit is part of measures to improve bilateral cooperation and discuss ways to strengthen the collaboration between the two countries in the field of defense, an Embassy official said.
“High Commissioner underscored that relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are based on mutual trust and the commonality of interest in maintaining peace, security and stability in the South Asian region,” excerpts from the statement read, adding that both the countries “are working together on all these foras for shared values and interests.”
During the visit, NDU delegates are expected to meet with a number of prominent personalities from Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces and civil institutions.
The NDU delegation will also visit the Lakshman Kadirgamer Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies in Colombo and the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka for an interactive session to build cooperation between the two institutions.
Both the South Asian nations have always shared friendly relations. In the past, Pakistan supplied high-tech military equipment to the Sri Lankan army for use in its civil war against the Tamil Tigers.
Additionally, trade between Sri Lanka and Pakistan stands at less than $400 million a year, with Pakistan saying in 2016 that it would re-invigorate efforts to reach a target of $1 billion “at the earliest.”


Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

Updated 22 July 2019
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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.