COAS, Australian minister discuss regional security, defence ties

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday discussed regional security and bilateral defence cooperation with Australian Minister of Defence David Johnston and Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson.
General Raheel Sharif, who is on an official visit to Australia, also met Australian Army Chief Lt Gen David Morrison. The matters were related to further strengthening military ties between both countries were discussed, ISPR said in a statement. Later, COAS General Rasheel Sharif, attended a round table discussion hosted by Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs along with Australian services chiefs and high-ranking officials of Ministry of Defence. Matters concerning regional security, Pakistan’s role and contributions in fighting terrorism and need for enhanced bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries were discussed. Pakistan’s experiences in combating terrorism and its expertise in countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were widely discussed and acknowledged. 
Earlier on his arrival at the Army Headquarters, the Guard of Honour was presented to COAS. General Raheel Sharif was also the guest of honour at a banquet hosted by Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General David Morrison. 

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