Islamabad: For the first time, Pakistani soldiers will undergo training at Russian military institutes after the two countries signed an agreement related to it, in a sign of further strengthening their defence ties amid Islamabad’s increasingly uneasy relations with the US.
The agreement was signed at the conclusion of the first meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC) – the highest forum of their defence collaboration, according to Pakistan’s defence ministry.
“Both the countries have signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in RF’s (Russian Federation) Training Institutes,” the Pakistan’s defence ministry was quoted as saying.
The Russian side was led by Deputy Defence Minister Col Gen Alexander V Fomin who visited Pakistan from Tuesday to Wednesday to attend the first session of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee.
To strengthen and expand mutual cooperation
- As per reports, the visiting dignitary called on secretary defence and the defence minister. The two sides discussed the present status of their defence relations with the aim to strengthen, expand and diversify mutual cooperation.
- During the inaugural session of the JMCC, both sides exchanged views on bilateral and major international issues including situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The two sides also held in depth discussions on avenues of future cooperation, the defence ministry said.
(With inputs from Agencies)