COAS reaches Srilanka on two-day official visit


RAWALPINDI Jan 16 (TNS): The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reached Srilanka on a two-day official visit on receiving an invitation from his counterpart, according to a press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

General Bajwa held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff and the chiefs of all three services.

The COAS was given guards of honour in all three service headquarters.

He also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. Sri Lankan leadership expressed its gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan’s unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka’s successful war on terror.

The host country also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in the ongoing war on terror.

General Bajwa highlighted that after clearing troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Raddul Fasad.

He further said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are probably the only two countries that understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism.

During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.