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Pakistan-Turkey officials vow to enhance defense collaboration

Pakistan-Turkey officials vow to enhance defense collaboration

Senior defense officials from both sides meet in Turkey during high-level military dialogue froup meeting

Turkey and Pakistan reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen defense cooperation after a two-day meeting among the high-level military officials of the two countries held in Ankara.

During the 15th round of Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG ) Pakistan and Turkey decided to enhance cooperation in military training, counter-terrorism and defense industry cooperation including joint production and procurement.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain, the secretary of defense, led the Pakistan delegation while General Selcuk Bayraktaroglu, deputy chief of the Turkish General Staff, led the Turkish delegation.

Both sides shared perspectives on prevailing regional environment including the Middle East, South Asia and Afghanistan.

“The HLMDG is the highest level of institutional mechanism between Pakistan and Turkey, mandated to charter policies and action plans to promote ties in the defense field. The next session of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2021,” the official statement said.

ld. The next session of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2021.

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Hilal Hussain had separately called National Defense Minister of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Turkish General Staff Chief General Yasar Guler, Head of Presidency of Turkish Defense Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir, and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Dr. Temil Kotil.

Pakistan delegation also visited defence industry firms including Baykar (UAV OEM), ASELSAN, HAVELSAN and TAI.

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