MOSCOW – The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Russia on Tuesday, informed a press release issued by ISPR.
The COAS met Commander Russian Federation Ground Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov at the Kremlin Palace. General Bajwa was presented guard of honour by the Russian authorities.
The Russian Ground Forces Commander acknowledged achievements of Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism and contributions for regional peace and stability.
Russian Ground Forces Commander said that Pakistan is a geo-strategically important country and Russia is keen to expand it’s existing bilateral military to military cooperation.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked Russian Ground Forces Commander and said that Pakistan reciprocates desire of enhanced bilateral military engagements.
The COAS said that Russia has recently played a positive role to help resolve complex situations in the region.
He said that Pakistan will continue to play its part to keep conflicts away from the region and seek approaches which bring regional convergences into play rather than the divergences.
Upon arrival, COAS was presented guard of honour who laid a wreath at the Tomb of the unknown soldier. National anthems of both countries were played.
The visit of the head of Pakistani forces in Moscow is the fourth important event where Russian and Pakistani top civil and military leadership met in less than 24 hours. National Security Advisor of Pakistan Gen. (retd) Nasser Janjua held a series of meetings along with his high-powered delegates in Moscow including his meeting with Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev.
Relations between Pakistan and Russia have seen an unprecedented improvement dring last few years. The two countries, which remained bitter cold-war rivals, have been recalibrating their ties against the backdrop of realignments.
While India, Russia’s long-standing strategic partner, has joined the US camp, Moscow is also opening up its options that include reaching out to countries such as Islamabad.
Russia was one of the first countries, which publically expressed its solidarity with Pakistan after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.