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Army chief reaches Australia on two-day official visit

CANBERRA, SEPT 11 (DNA) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Australia on two days official visit on the invitation of Australian Army Chief, according to a press statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

Upon arrival at the Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra, the visiting army chief was given a tri service Guard of Honour. General Bajwa called on Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus J Campbell and the Naval Chief Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett.

Later, the army chief also met Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne AR at the Australian Parliament House. During these meetings with Australian military and civilian leadership, COAS highlighted regional security situation and Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability.

General Bajwa said that while Pakistan would continue to support all peace efforts however they expect that Pakistan’s security concerns were also addressed. He said that Pakistan has improved the security situation and has a key role in the regional economy.

The Australian leadership appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and expressed commitment to further improve the bilateral collaboration in defence and security.

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