Ankara, June 20, 2017: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been awarded the Legion of Merit in a simple and graceful ceremony in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties, ISPR says in a statement.
Bajwa who in Turkey on official visit addressing the ceremony underscored the special place that Turkey enjoys in the hearts of all Pakistanis. He dedicated the award to the Shuhada of both Pakistani and Turkish Armed Forces.
COAS visited Turkish Land Force Headquarters where he was received by General Salih Zeki Çolak, Commander Turkish Land Forces and was presented guard of honour.
At the Turkish Land Force Headquarters, COAS was briefed on the regional security situation as well as the Turkish Land Forces and their various undertakings in the field of training, defence production, and peacekeeping operations.
On arrival, COAS visited Ataturk Mausoleum and laid the floral wreath to pay homage to the father of Turkish nation and penned down his respects on the visitor’s book.
Later, COAS called on chief of Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar and discussed matters related to regional security and the role Armed Forces of both countries play towards peace and stability.
The two military leaders agreed to further enhance defence cooperation in multiple fields. Turkish military leadership was greatly appreciative of the role Pakistan Army plays against terrorism as well as in peace keeping operations and as a factor of stability in a very volatile region.