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PR No.133
Islamabad: September 15, 2021

H.E Mr. Georgi Panayotov, Defence Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria called on Minister for Defence, Mr.Pervez Khattak, in Islamabad today. The Defence Minister welcomed the dignitary and said that Pakistan highly values it's relations with Bulgaria. He emphasized the need to further enhance bilateral defense cooperation. He remarked that being at the geo-strategic cross roads in their respective regions, Pakistan and Bulgaria share similar challenges and opportunities which demand closer coordination and cooperation between them. Mr. Pervaiz Khattak, Minister for Defence stressed the need to call upon the International community to facilitate Afghans in finding a peaceful and durable solution to the Afghan issue. He said it's time for the world to stand by the Afghan people in full support and solidarity. The Defence Minister said that Pakistan is committed to promote regional and global peace and will continue to play it's part. The Bulgarian Defence Minister Mr. Georgi Panayotov appreciated Pakistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan and said that both Bulgaria and Pakistan should work together to achieve the common goal of peace and security in the region. He expressed desire to further strengthen the defence industrial cooperation between the two countries and pledged his government assurance and commitment to work closely with Pakistan to this end. Mr Pervaiz Khattak assured him of Pakistan's support and continued efforts for closer defense ties.

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