Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pakistan and Nigeria Sign MoU to Broaden Defence Ties

Pakistan and Nigeria have agreed to further broaden and intensify bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and defence for the mutual benefits of the two countries.This was agreed in a meeting between Federal Minister for Defence, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and the visiting Nigerian Defence delegation, led by Alhaj Murtala Shchu Yar'adua, which called on him at Ministry of Defence today.

Talking to the Nigerian Defence delegation, the Minister said that Pakistan attached utmost importance to its lies with Nigeria as the two countries enjoyed excellent relations and had unanimity of opinion on regional and international issues. He said that vast scope of cooperation existed between the two countries in economic and defence fields.

The Nigeria Defence Minister underlined the need for promoting closer defence collaboration. He said that Nigeria was keen to benefit of the experience and achievements made by Pakistan in the field of defence production. The meeting stressed the need to promote military-to-military and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

It was also emphasized to explore new avenue of cooperation in the areas of trade and economy.Later, the two countries signed Memorandum of Undersigned (MoU) to enhance defence collaboration. Both the Defence Ministers put signatures on MoU on behalf of their respective countries. The MoU provides to increase cooperation in the fields of military training and defence technologies.

The two sides expressed the hope that the MoU would go a long way in strengthening and promoting defence collaboration between the two countries. Secretary Defence, Lt General Syed Athar Ali (Retd), Rear Admiral Shah Sohail Masood, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, and other senior military and defence officials of Pakistan also attended the meeting.



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