General Nadeem Raza calls on Iraqi defence minister, military leadership

During the meetings, both sides deliberated upon various areas of interest including security, defence cooperation and prevailing regional environment.

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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Nadeem Raza, during his official visit to Iraq, called on Defence Minister of Iraq Juma Enad Sadoon Khattab Al Jibori and Iraqi military leadership.

Chairman JCSC also held separate meetings with Iraqi Chief of Staff General Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yar Allah Al Lami and Commander Iraqi Air Force Lieutenant General Shahab Jihad Ali, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media released received here on Friday.

During the meetings, both sides deliberated upon various areas of interest including security, defence cooperation and prevailing regional environment.

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The dignitaries dilated upon measures to enhance the level and scope of bilateral military engagements and cooperation between both countries and reaffirmed to continue to forge deeper ties.

Chairman JCSC also visited Defence University for Higher Military Studies (DUFHMS) and called on its Rector Lieutenant General Saad Mizhir Muhsin Hashim Al Allaq.

During the interaction, CJCSC highlighted the positive role of Pakistan in countering violent extremism and also shared Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and stability especially in Afghanistan.

Earlier upon arrival at Ministry of Defence, Chairman JCSC was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent of Iraqi Armed Forces.

Last year, Iraqi air force commander Major General Shihab Jahid Ali Shakarchi visited Pakistan’s Air Headquarters, in Islamabad. Gen Shihab’s trip is aimed at reaffirming ‘brotherly ties’ between Pakistan and Iraq.

Gen Shihab met with Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan. Gen Shihab was also presented with the guard of honor by the air force.

Gen Shihab paid homage to PAF martyrs and laid a floral wreath at the ‘Yadgar-e-shuhada’ when he visited.

The Iraqi general also called on General Nadeem Raza, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.

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“Matters of bilateral professional interest and further strengthening of security and defense cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting,” the statement concluded.

APP with additional input by GVS News Desk

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