COAS witnesses multi-national military exercise in Turkey

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ISLAMABAD, May 31 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif witnessed multi-national military exercises “EFES” being held in Turkey.

The Chief of Pakistan Army witnessed the exercise in two
separate sittings, one on Monday night and another on Tuesday, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in news release here stated.

Upon arrival at the exercise area, Turkish Chief of General
Staff General Hulusi Akar, welcomed the COAS.

Along with Turkish troops US, UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, Azerbaijan, and a contingent of Pakistani Armed Forces is participating in the joint exercises.

Turkish President and Defence Minister also attended the
Exercise.

Turkish President held separate meeting with the COAS and
thanked him for Pakistan’s participation and his personal presence for witnessing the Exercise.

He said, the exercise will enhance the existing close friendly ties between Pakistan and Turkey with special regard to the Armed Forces.

Turkish President praised Pakistan Army’s accomplishments in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and contributions towards regional peace and stability.

COAS appreciated Turkish armed forces for an outstanding
conduct of the Exercise of such magnitude and scope.
In our bid to share military experiences and enhance training
exchanges, Pakistan Army, in the last three years, has conducted 52 joint military exercises, both inland and abroad, with partner countries.