COAS, Tajik President discuss common challenges

TAJIKISTAN: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called on Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. Regional situation with particular reference to common challenges of fighting terrorism and reconciliation in Afghanistan, which shares a border with both countries, came under discussion.

Tajikistan’s President   appreciated Pakistan’s facilitation role in reconciliation process in Afghanistan  and also lauded Pakistan Army’s phenomenal achievements in operation ZeA . He  noted with admiration that the operation being conducted by Pakistani forces against terrorists is a role model for rest of the world.

Tajik President said that  General Raheel Sharif’s visit will further cement bilateral  relationship with Pakistan and provide an impetus to defence cooperation between both countries.

During the meeting, COAS said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its  relations with Tajikistan and  offered Pakistan’s full support in capacity building of Tajikistan forces to counter terrorism.

COAS also held a meeting with Tajik Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff.  On arrival at the Army Headquarter, COAS was accorded very warm welcome and presented guard of honour.

Chief of Army Staff also visited Military Institute  and Military Training Center of Tajikistan .

Special Correspondent