Pakistan Army Chief in Uzbekistan on Two-Day Visit to Enhance Defense Collaboration

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Pakistan’s army chief, General Asim Munir, is in Uzbekistan on a two-day visit that aims to enhance military-to-military cooperation and defense collaboration, the Pakistani military said on Tuesday. 

During the visit, the Pakistan army chief called on Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, defense minister and senior officials of Uzbekistan’s State Security Service, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Pakistani military’s media wing. 

“During the meetings, COAS (Chief of Army Staff) also emphasized upon enhancing mutual training cooperation and intelligence sharing,” the ISPR said in a statement. 

“COAS appreciated the standard of training and readiness of the Uzbekistan Military Forces and their understanding about regional security issues.” 

Earlier on arrival at Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Defense, the army chief was presented with a Guard of Honour by a contingent of Uzbek forces, according to the ISPR. Later, he laid a floral wreath at the Memorial Complex of Martyrs in Tashkent. 

Apart from defense, economic cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan has seen a flurry of activity in recent months. 

In February this year, Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a $1 billion trade agreement to encourage the exchange of goods and services between the two countries. 

The signing of the agreement was followed by the arrival in Pakistan of a convoy of trucks carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Uzbekistan via Afghanistan in June. 

Source : Arab News