PR No. 4 Islamabad: March 1, 2018

H.E. Dr. Ali Yassin Mohammed Karim, Ambassador of Iraq called on Federal Minister for Defence, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan in his office at Ministry of Defence Rawalpindi today. Federal Minister welcomed the dignitary and expressed Pakistan’s desire for peace and prosperity of Iraqi People. Federal Minister for Defence informed the dignitary that Pakistan has developed best training facilities and infrastructure for its armed forces and offered assistance in the development of training infrastructure and capacity building for Iraqi Armed Forces. Federal Minister also proposed establishment of institutional framework for defence collaboration between the two countries. The Federal Minister also highlighted the important role of Pakistan as a stabilizing factor for regional security. He further said that regional cooperation is essential to attain sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan. He apprised the Ambassador about the situation along the LoC and highlighted excessive border violations by Indian Army in 2017. Defence Minister pointed out that international community needs to take serious notice of the situation. Later, the Ambassador also called on the Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen (Retd) Zameer-ul-Hassan Shah. During the meeting, matters related to mutual interest and bilateral importance were discussed. Secretary Defence apprised the Ambassador about the efforts of Pakistani Armed Forces in countering the menace of terrorism.