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PR No.14 Islamabad: August 7, 2018

On the invitation extended by Lt. Gen (Retd) Zamir ul Hassan Shah, Pakistan Secretary Defence, Col Gen. Alexander V. Fomin, the Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation along with his delegation is visiting Pakistan from 6th – 7thAugust 2018 to attend the first session of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC). Prior to the inaugural meeting, held on 7th August in Ministry of Defence Rawalpindi, the visiting dignitary called on Secretary Defence and Defence Minister. During the calls, the two sides discussed the present status of their bilateral defence relations with the aim to further strengthen, expand and diversify mutual cooperation. JMCC is the highest forum of defence collaboration between Pakistan and Russian Federation. During the inaugural session of the JMCC, both sides exchanged views on bilateral and major international issues including situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan. A comprehensive issue based review was also carried out during which the two countries expressed satisfaction on the milestones achieved since the signing of ground breaking Agreement on Defence Cooperation in 2014. The two sides also held in depth discussions on avenues of future cooperation. At the end, both countries signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in RF’s Training Institutes. During the visit, the Russian Deputy Defence Minister is also scheduled to meet Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the three Service Chiefs. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

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