General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi met with President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of the Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Monday and discussed defence cooperation and war on terror, Radio Pakistan reported.

During the meeting with President in Islamabad the two discussed matters regarding defence cooperation and war on terror. Zardari said Pakistan gives importance to its ties with Afghanistan.

Bismillah Khan said his country wants to promote defence relations with Pakistan.

Meeting with COAS

The defence minister of Afghanistan and COAS discussed matters of professional interest, with particular focus on enhancing mutual defence cooperation at the General Headquarters on Monday, an ISPR release said.

The two sides also deliberated on measures that Afghan National Army and Pakistan Army intend to take for an enduring training relationship.

Operationalisation of recently concluded agreement on Tripartite Border Standing Operating Procedures was also discussed in detail. The agreement is aimed at improving existing security cooperation and intelligence sharing mechanisms, on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

The Afghan delegation, in addition to Defence Minister of Afghanistan General Bismillah Khan Muhammadi, included Director General Military Operations Major General Afzal Aman, Director General Military Intelligence and Investigation Major General Abdul Manan Farahi, Inspector General Training Major General Payanda Mohammad Nazim, and Commandant National Defence College Afghanistan Major General Aminullah Karim.

January 28 , 2022

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