General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) during his visit to UK met General Sir Nicholson Carter, UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), where upon arrival he was also presented guard of honour. The meeting was followed up by delegation level talks on security environment and cooperation. Later COAS called on Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, Gareth Bayley, Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SREP) and Mark Sedwill, National Security Adviser (NSA).
During the meetings evolving regional security environment and matters of mutual interest were discussed. British leadership was unanimous in acknowledging Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in Counter Terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace and stability.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) said that Pakistan is moving steadily towards enhanced stability and is ready to take Pakistan-UK bilateral security relationship to the next level for mutual benefit, and in other fields of common interests. The discussions ranged from the bilateral bond created by sizeable Pakistan diaspora in Britain as well as shared interests in evolving global geo-political and geo-economic environment.