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COAS terms OIC meeting 'historic development'

22 Mar, 2022
Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud called on COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa. File photo
Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud called on COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa. File photo

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday termed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference a "historic development for bringing the international community to a shared vision and joint strategy to find a solution to emerging challenges vital for peace and stability," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

He made the remarks while meeting with Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) earlier on Tuesday.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security, the current situation in Afghanistan, and bilateral defence relations between the two countries were discussed.

COAS said that Pakistan values its historical and brotherly relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and acknowledges its unique place in the Islamic world.

Meanwhile, the visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play his part for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

He also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for hosting the OIC’s 48th Council of Foreign Ministers.

Azerbaijani Defence Minister meets COAS

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov Tuesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here at the GHQ and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for hosting the OIC’s 48th Council of Foreign Ministers.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release. COAS said that Pakistan valued its relations with Azerbaijan, rooted in religious affinity, common values, geo-strategic significance, potential for mutually beneficial and enhanced economic and defence cooperation.

Both reiterated the desire to further enhance bilateral relations including efforts for peace and security in the region. Referring to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s 48th Council of Foreign Ministers session, the COAS termed it a historic development for addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and bringing international community to a shared vision and joint strategy to find solution to emerging challenges in the region vital for peace and stability.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in regional stability and pledged to play his role for further improvements in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.