PR No.240 JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ Islamabad: January 26, 2017

12th Round of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group meeting (HLMDG) was held in Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi from 25-26th January 2017. Lt Gen (Retd) Zamir-ul-Hasan Shah, Secretary Defence led Pakistan delegation while Turkish delegation was led by General Umit DUNDAR, Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff of Republic of Turkey.

Prior to holding of Plenary Session, General Umit DUNDAR, had a meeting with Lt Gen (Retd) Zamir-ul-Hasan Shah. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including whole spectrum of bilateral defence cooperation were discussed. Both leaders expressed their concern on terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Turkey. Secretary Defence apprised the visiting delegation about the successes achieved by Pakistan as a result of military Operation Zarb-e-Azb and National Action Plan.

Both sides deliberated upon various areas of interest, including security, counter terrorism and prevailing regional environment particularly with reference to Afghanistan and Middle East. In addition, delegations took stock of the measures that have been taken since last HLMDG meeting held in Turkey in October 2015.

General Umit DUNDAR also held meetings with the Minister for Defence, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, Chief of the Army Staff and Chief of the Air Staff. In all these meetings, matters relating to defence cooperation covering training, exchange visits and co-production of defence equipment were discussed.

The highlight of the HLMDG meeting was that both sides agreed to work for a Comprehensive Bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement which must encompass all facets of cooperation.

Talks were held in a most cordial and congenial atmosphere. Delegation leaders resolved to work together for enhanced cooperation in defence and security related fields. It was agreed that 13th Round of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Turkey.