The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces met his Pakistani colleague, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan General Rashad Mahmood in Moscow.
According to the Russian Chief of the General Staff, in recent years, meetings of defence ministers of Russia and Pakistan have boosted the relationships between the Armed Forces of both countries.
He noted that in 2016, the programme of joint military cooperation activities of Russia and Pakistan was very rich and included “negotiations of General Staffs, joint exercises, exchange of military delegations”.
“The sphere of preparation of military professionals has also good prospects,” added Valery Gerasimov.
In his turn, Rashad Mahmood said that the relationships of the military departments of Russia and Pakistan at the strategic level have made a significant step forward.
According to him, the visit of the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu in Pakistan, which took place on November 2014, became a breakthrough in the relationships between the military departments of both countries and their Armed Forces”.
“In the course of the last several years, all our Commanders-in-Chief and Commanders of arms of service have visited your country several times. Now we hope that you will also visit Pakistan,” added Rashad Mahmood.
It is to be reminded that this year servicemen of the Southern MD will for the first time take part in the joint Russian-Pakistani tactical exercise “Friendship – 2016”, which is to take place on the territory of Pakistan. It will be participated by about 200 servicemen from both countries.