RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov and discussed security and defence related issues, said a press release issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.
Earlier, Gen Bajwa was accorded a guard-of-honour upon his arrival at the Kremlin Palace where he met the Russian commander. He also laid wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. National anthems of both the countries were played.
The Russian Ground Forces Commander acknowledged achievements of Pakistan army in the fight against terrorism and contributions for regional peace and stability. He said that Pakistan was a geo-strategically important country and Russia is keen to expand its existing bilateral military-to-military cooperation.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked Russian Ground Forces Commander and said that Pakistan reciprocated desire of enhanced bilateral military engagements. He said that Russia had recently played a positive role to help resolve complex situations in the region.
He said Pakistan would continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches, which bring regional convergences into play rather than the divergences.