Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, met Wednesday with the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his two-day visit to Qatar.
Both sides reviewed military relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them. The meeting was attended by Lt. General (Pilot) Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al-Ghanim, Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces, and a number of senior officers in the Qatari and Pakistani armed forces, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
During the meeting, defense and security cooperation and regional / geo-political environment were discussed, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
General Bajwa said both countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood. He also appreciated the role of Qatar in Afghan Peace Process.
Dr. al-Attiyah also appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries, the Pakistani Army said in a statement.
Both sides underscored the importance of further enhancing the cooperation in all fields.
Earlier this year, Pakistan’s Minister for Defense Production, Zobaida Jalal said that Pakistan's military institutions are open for the Qatari Armed Forces to avail maximum training facilities.
The Minister met the Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Islamabad on 03 March 2021, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
She said that Pakistan and Qatar need to work closely to further extend bilateral cooperation beyond the economic domain to defense, military exercises, training of personnel and joint ventures.
For his turn, the Qatari Ambassador reassured his government’s commitment to fully cooperate with Pakistan and its people to further expand bilateral ties between the two countries.
In January 2021, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also met with the top Qatari leadership, including Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.