LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the United Kingdom (UK) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Sir Nicholson Carter in London on Friday wherein the British leadership commended the security situation in Pakistan, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
He also called on Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson, Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) Gareth Bayley, and National Security Advisor (NSA) Mark Sedwill.
Upon arrival, Gen Bajwa was presented with a guard of honour.
The meeting was followed by delegation level talks on the security environment and cooperation.
The discussions ranged from the bilateral bond created by sizeable Pakistani diaspora in Britain as well as shared interests in evolving global geopolitical and geo-economic environment.
“The British leadership was unanimous in acknowledging Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in counter-terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace and stability,” ISPR said about the meetings.
“Pakistan is moving steadily towards enhanced stability and is ready to take Pakistan-UK bilateral security relationship to the next level for mutual benefit and in other fields of common interests,” the COAS was quoted as saying.
The army chief is in London on an official visit during which he will meet the United Kingdom’s civil and military leadership.
Last week, the army chief met the King of Jordan, Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussain, during his three-day visit to the country.