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Pak-Japan defence cooperation: diversifying bilateral cooperation on defence & security

Pakistan and Japan marked the 7th round of their Security Dialogue and 10th round of their Military-to-Military talks, reinstating their will to diversify defence and bilateral cooperation by signing MoUs of working together for regional peace and security.

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On Tuesday, Islamabad and Tokyo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on defence cooperation and understanding, marking the 7th round of the Pakistan-Japan Security Dialogue, held in Islamabad.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Special Secretary Asia Pacific, while the Japanese delegation was spearheaded by Mr. Shigeki Takizaki, the Director General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department in the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

The officials reviewed the progress achieved on the initiatives undertaken during the 9th round of military-to-military talks, held in Japan on April 2018.

A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted, “The two sides exchanged views on security policies and regional, as well as global issues. The security situation around Pakistan and Japan was also discussed.” Special Secretary Imtiaz Ahmed informed the Japanese delegation of Pakistan’s efforts and initiatives to combat terrorism, and its relations with neighbouring states.

The two countries have enjoyed a remarkably friendly relation marked with bilateral cooperation, and they reinstated their will to further diversity their bilateral relationship to intensify their efforts for sustaining international security and peace. Mr. Shigeki Takizaki also had a meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Mr. Sohail Mahmood, and Adviser for Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production, and Investment, Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood.

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10th Military-to-Military Talks

The 10th round of the Pakistan-Japan Military-to-Military dialogue was held at the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, in Rawalpindi. The militaries of Japan and Pakistan reinstated their will to join forces and work towards intensifying and diversifying their cooperation in defence and security.

The Pakistani delegation was led by Additional Defence Secretary Rear Admiral Owais Ahmed Bilgrami, and the Japanese delegation was led by the Director General of International Affairs at the Japanese Defence Policy Bureau.

Special Secretary Imtiaz Ahmed informed the Japanese delegation of Pakistan’s efforts and initiatives to combat terrorism, and its relations with neighbouring states.

The two countries undertook a discussion on multiple areas of mutual interest, including the challenges of counterterrorism, regional security and impediments to peace across the region.

The officials reviewed the progress achieved on the initiatives undertaken during the 9th round of military-to-military talks, held in Japan on April 2018. Additional Defence Secretary Bilgrami briefed the delegation on Pakistan’s efforts in securing a lasting peace across the region.

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The Additional Defence Secretary reinstated the goodwill and cooperation the Pakistani and Japanese military establishment, and the two sides agreed to diversify and intensify their defence cooperation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two sides on defence cooperation and exchanges, cementing the way for the countries to diversify and strengthen their joint-military efforts for sustainable peace and regional security.

The 11th round of the Pakistan-Japan military-to-military talks will be held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Pakistan and Japan marked the 7th round of their Security Dialogue and 10th round of their Military-to-Military talks, reinstating their will to diversify defence and bilateral cooperation by signing MoUs of working together for regional peace and security.

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