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Pakistani troops to receive training at Russian military institutes

The agreement was signed on Tuesday at the conclusion of the first meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC)

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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and have signed an agreement to allow Pakistani troops to receive training at Russian military training institutes, a move aimed at boosting their bilateral defence ties.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday at the conclusion of the first meeting of Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC), according to Pakistan's defence ministry.

"Both countries signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of in RF's (Russian Federation) Training Institutes," the ministry said.

The Russian side was led by Col Gen. who visited Pakistan from August 6-7 to attend the first session of (JMCC).

Lt. Zamir ul Hassan Shah, Defence, led the Pakistani delegation during the JMCC meeting.

Prior to the inaugural meeting, held on Tuesday in the ministry of defence Rawalpindi, the visiting dignitary called on defence and the

During the meetings, the two sides discussed the present status of their bilateral defence relations with the aim to further strengthen, expand and diversify mutual cooperation.

JMCC is the highest forum of defence collaboration between Pakistan and

During the inaugural session of the JMCC, both sides exchanged views on bilateral and major issues including the situation in the and

A comprehensive issue based review was also carried out during which the two countries expressed satisfaction on the milestones achieved since the signing of groundbreaking Agreement on Defence Cooperation in 2014. The two sides also held in-depth discussions on avenues of future cooperation, the defence ministry said.

Col Gen Fomin also met Joint Chiefs of and the three services chiefs.

An said that Col Gen Fomin met Gen and discussed the regional security situation and matters of mutual interest including enhancement of bilateral defence and security cooperation.

Fomin expressed his appreciation for Pakistan Army's achievements against terrorism and expressed requirement of greater cooperative and collaborative approach among the global community to defeat extremism.

Pakistan's defence ties with have moved past the bitter Cold War hostilities in recent years and the chill in the relations between Pakistan and the US has further pushed the country towards Russia and

Pakistan has shown eagerness to build military-to-military level ties with Russia.

Earlier this year, the then visited during which the two sides agreed to set up a commission to boost military cooperation.

Russia has over the past three years provided four combat and cargo helicopters to Pakistan and the militaries of the two countries also held joint drills codenamed 'Friendship'.

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 13:47 IST