Bahrain’s National Guard Commander, His Highness General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, met Monday with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir (photo), in his office at the General Command of Pakistan’s Armed Forces in Rawalpindi.
General Asim Munir welcomed His Highness, thanking him for accepting the invitation and participating in Pakistan’s celebrations of its Republic Day, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The National Guard Commander commended cooperation and the exchange of expertise between both sides, stressing keenness to further consolidate bilateral relations.
Both sides discussed issues of common interest and ways of boosting coordination between the National Guard and the Pakistani Army. They also spotlighted regional and international issues of common interest.
The National Guard Commander arrived in Islamabad earlier on an official visit at an invitation by General Asim Munir to participate as a “Guest of Honor” in Pakistan’s celebrations of its Republic Day.
HH General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa was received on arrival at Nur Khan Military Base in Rawalpindi by senior officers of the Pakistani Army as well as Bahraini Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed and embassy staff members.
HH Shaikh Mohammed also met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
He conveyed the greetings of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and their best wishes of further success and prosperity to Pakistan.
The two sides exchanged views on the ways to enhance relations between Bahrain and Pakistan across all areas. They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments of mutual interest.
HH Shaikh Mohammed lauded the advanced level of cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two countries and stressed keenness on consolidating them.
The Pakistani Prime Minister commended Bahrain’s support and relief during the inundations in Pakistan in 2022, saying the generous gesture helped alleviate the people’s suffering.
The Prime Minister lauded Bahrain’s progress in all areas led by HM the King and hailed the cooperation and coordination between the two countries, mainly in international for a.
He asked HH Shaikh Mohammed to convey his greetings and best wishes to HM the King.
HH Shaikh Mohammed thanked the Prime Minister for the gracious hospitality and wished Pakistan and its people further progress, security and stability.
In another development, Bahrain’s National Guard Staff Director Major General Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa, visited Tuesday one of the sites of the joint leadership drills (Shield of the Nation 2023), with the participation of the National Guard and the Interior Ministry of Bahrain.
During his tour, the Staff Director confirmed that the National Guard is participating in the exercise under the directives of National Guard Commander Lieutenant General His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, to boost the levels of integration, coordination and cooperation between the National Guard, the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) and the Interior Ministry.
The drills include operational phases that aim to evaluate and develop training standards, reach higher levels of leadership competence and advanced combat capabilities, achieve better professional standards in dealing with crises and emergencies.