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COAS Bajwa to attend UK military’s passing out parade as chief guest

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is one of several military academies in the UK and is the British Army's initial officer training center.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in the UK for an official visit where he will attend the passing out parade of the Royal Military Academy (RMA), Sandhurst as a chief guest.

To clarify, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is one of several military academies in the UK and is the British Army’s initial officer training center. RMA parade will be held on 12th August for Sovereign’s Parade for Commissioning Course 213 as they complete 44 weeks of training.

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Gen Bajwa will attend the passing out parade, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release said. Moreover, Gen Bajwa will also meet the British military leadership during the visit.

Terrorism is a global threat: COAS Bajwa

Earlier, Gen Bajwa met with Commander Iraqi Navy Lieutenant General Ahmed Jasim Maarij Abdullah Al Zayid. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security issues, and measures to further enhance bilateral defense collaboration were discussed.

According to ISPR, Gen Bajwa said that terrorism is a global threat that has the potential of destabilizing the region that needed a well-coordinated response to counter it.

He also said that Pakistan values its brotherly relationship with Iraq and acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the Iraqi nation in fighting terrorism.

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Lt. Gen Ahmed Jasim also offered his condolence on the loss of precious lives during a helicopter crash in Balochistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s role in regional stability and also pledged to enhance military cooperation between the two forces.

Back in April, Pakistan and Iraq said they will sign 10 agreements to promote cooperation which will mark the beginning of a new era in enhancing bilateral relations. These agreements would be signed on tax and tariff exemptions, economic and trade cooperation, coordination against human trafficking, and other crimes, besides air connectivity.