Friday, March 26, 2010

Pakistan and Czech Republic Signed MoU to Increase Defence Cooperation

Pakistan and Czech Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase military and defence cooperation between the two countries.Minister for Defence Production, Abdul Qayyum Jatoi and the visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Czech Republic Martin Bartak put signatures on the MoU on behalf of their countries here in the Ministry of Defence.The MoU envisages to increase cooperation in the area of military training, exchange of military delegations and collaboration in the filed of defence production.Earlier, the defence delegation led by Defence Minister of Czech Republic Martin Bartak called on Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayyum Jatoi and exchanged views on matters pertaining to enhancement of defence cooperation.

They emphasized the need to promote broad spectrum bilateral cooperation covering all aspects including defence, trade and economy.The meeting acknowledged the fact that both the countries had greater potential in the field of defence production which needed to be explored for the mutual benefits of the two sides.The minister also highlighted the contribution made by Pakistan against the war on terror. He informed the delegation that Pakistan was committed to contain and uproot terrorism. He said that the fighting against terror had drained Pakistan’s economy and the International community was required to assist Pakistan in its efforts to combat and eliminate terrorism.

While appreciating the counter-terrorism measures taken by Pakistan, the Czech Defence Minister said Pakistan had been playing a key role against the war on terror and the international community needed to assist Pakistan in its endeavors against the war on terror.Martin Bartak said his country was keen to promote closer partnership and meaningful defence cooperation with Pakistan.He hoped that the MoU, signed between Pakistan and Czech Republic would pave a way for promoting and strengthening closer defence cooperation between the countries.



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