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Italy-Pakistan will benefit by building on existing relationship: ISPR

18 October, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Italy on Wednesday appreciated Pakistan’s role in establishment of peace as well as regional and global stability.

“Italian leadership was highly appreciative of the role played by Pakistan in regional stability and also towards global security,” a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said following a visit by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to Italy. “They maintained that Pakistan is well on its way towards a prosperous future and that Italy and Pakistan will benefit by building on the existing relationship between the two countries,” the statement added.

Asked about the formula of success in war against terrorism, Gen Bajwa told the Italian leadership that it was due to the spirit of sacrifice and support of the Pakistani nation, especially the people of tribal areas and the families of shuhada and ghazis. He said that though the fight is still on, Pakistan has emerged stronger from the tribulations. He said today’s Pakistan is open to the world and the government is looking for peace within and peace without to provide people the prosperity they deserve after the difficult times.

During the stay, the army chief met Italian defence minister, chief of Italian army and the secretary general of defence. Discussions focused on enhancing bilateral defence and security cooperation, including potential joint initiatives.

The army chief was also presented demonstrations of Italian defence capabilities both in land and amphibious operations. He also interacted with representatives of Pakistani community and the Italian defence industry.

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