PR No. 136 Rawalpindi

Ambassador of Czech Republic, H.E. Jon Fury, called on Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain in Islamabad and discussed new avenues of Defence Cooperation between the two countries. Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, Secretary Defence Production was also present in the meeting. Welcoming the Ambassador, Minister of Defence Production thanked for invitation to visit Czech Republic and expressed optimism about potential of the Military and Defence Industrial relations between Pakistan and Czech Republic.

During the meeting Minister said that two countries share commonality of views on various issues of international importance. Rana Tanveer Hussain also thanked Czech Republic for its consistent support to Pakistan for getting GSP plus status in the EU. Minister expressed his hope that the Czech Republic would continue to lend its support during the review process of the GSP Plus scheme. He acknowledged the fact that both the countries had greater potential in the field of defence production which needed to be explored for the mutual benefits of the two sides.

Rana Tanveer Hussain said that Pakistan is keen to promote closer partnership and meaningful defence cooperation with Czech Republic. He also hoped that Pakistan and Czech Republic would pave a way for promoting and strengthening closer defence cooperation. He offered defence industries products/services of POF, HIT, PAC and NRTC etc.

Ambassador of Czech Republic also asked that both countries are strategic partners. Czech Republic has long tradition of defence industry and reliable technology. Both countries can utilize Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2010 to increase military and defence cooperation between the two countries.