COAS calls on Italian defence minister, Italian Army Chief

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ROME (Italy), Oct 17 (APP):Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the Italian Defence Minister, the Chief of Italian Army and the Secretary General of Defence here and discussed enhancement in bilateral defence and security
cooperation including potential joint initiatives.
The Italian leadership was highly appreciative of the role played by Pakistan in regional stability and also towards global security, said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday.
They maintained that Pakistan was well on its way towards a prosperous future and that Italy and Pakistan would benefit by building on the existing relationship between the two countries. Asked about the success formula in the war against terrorism, the Army Chief said that it was due to the spirit of sacrifice and support of the nation, especially the people of tribal areas and the families of ‘Shuhada’ and ‘Ghazis.’
He said that though the fight was still on, Pakistan had emerged stronger from the tribulations. He said that today’s Pakistan was open to the world and the government was looking for peace within and peace without to provide its people the prosperity they deserved after the difficult times.
During the visit, the COAS was also presented demonstrations of Italian defence capabilities both for land and amphibious operations. He also interacted with representatives of Pakistani community and the Italian defence
industry.
The COAS is returning to Pakistan later Wednesday after completing his visits to the United Kingdom and Italy.