Pakistan, UK resolve to enhance defence, security cooperation

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 18 (APP): Pakistan and United Kingdom
have resolved to work together for enhancing and diversifying cooperation in the fields of defence and security.

The two sides expressed this commitment during the 15th round of United Kingdom-Pakistan Defence Cooperation Forum held in London, UK on Monday, says a press release.

Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Under Secretary of State for
Defence led UK side while Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak, Secretary Defence headed the Pakistan delegation.
The forum is one of the five strands of cooperation under the umbrella of “Enhanced Security Dialogue Forum” between the two countries.

Prior to the holding of the Plenary Session Secretary Defence
Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak called on Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Under Secretary of State for Defence in his office during which issues relating to bilateral security cooperation and counter terrorism were discussed.

Both leaders also exchanged views on enhancing and
diversifying defence cooperation between the two countries.

During the talks, both sides deliberated upon various areas of
mutual interest including respective regional security, counter
terrorism, Afghanistan situation and carried out a review of
national security priorities including extremist threats, border
management and maritime security.

Both sides discussed the successes achieved by government of Pakistan through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan.

Talks of defence cooperation Forum were held in a cordial
atmosphere.

They also agreed that the 16th Round of Pakistan-UK Defence Cooperation Forum will take place in Pakistan in 2017.