Gen Bajwa visits in Australia to discuss defence ties

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Australia on Monday for a two-day official visit upon invitation from the Australian army chief, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

Gen Bajwa received a tri-service guard of honour on arrival at the Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra where he met Australian Army Chief Lt Gen Angus J. Campbell and Naval Chief Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett.

The COAS also met Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne at the Australian Parliament House.

“The COAS highlighted regional security situation and [the] Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability,” the ISPR said.

“While Pakistan will continue to support all peace efforts… we expect that our security concerns are also addressed,” the statement said, quoting the army chief.

“Australian leadership appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and expressed commitment to further improve bilateral collaboration in defence and security,” the statement added. Agencies