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June 15, 2013

EU military official lauds army’s commitment in fight against terrorism

Newspost

 
June 15, 2013

RAWALPINDI: Chairman, European Union (EU) Military Committee, General Patrick de Rousiers on Friday acknowledged the level of activity and commitment of the Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism.
During a meeting with Secretary Defence Lt-Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik, General Patrick said that there was great potential which needs to be explored which will strengthen relationship between Pakistan and EU. On the occasion, the secretary said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with European Union (EU).
“We have common values and wide-ranging areas of cooperation,” he said.He said the regional stability, peace and security were the common goals. He added that Pakistan was committed to achieving peace and all related goals. He also highlighted the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in war on terror.
The Secretary Defence appreciated the support of EU in the uplift and rehabilitation projects being carried out in KPK and Fata. It may be mentioned here that General Patrick earlier met the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his first visit to Pakistan.
Relations between Pakistan and EU are moving in the right direction, as EU hosted the first bilateral Pak-EU staff talks this year in Brussels. Both Pak and EU expressed hope that the talks would pave way for future cooperation between the two countries. General Patrick visited Ministry of Defence along with his delegation where he was greeted warmly by the Defence Secretary.