Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Italy: Pervez Khattak

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: H.E Mr. Andreas Ferrarese, Ambassador of Italy called on Federal Minister for Defence Mr.Pervez Khattak is his office at Islamabad today.

Federal Minister said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the Republic of Italy and wants to further enhance defence collaboration in different fields. Minister for Defence also mentioned that exchanged military training can be mutually beneficial, as being part of NATO, Italian Armed Forces have valuable military exposure while Pakistan’s Armed Forces, who are fighting the war on terror, have rich experience in counter-terrorism operations.

Federal Minister conveyed gratitude for facilitating provision of military equipment to Pakistan Air Force. He further emphasized on the need to explore areas of cooperation in the field of joint defence production. Minister for Defence informed that defence cooperation between Pakistan and Italy was established in 60’s. It has steadily increased over the past few years. The broad domain of defence cooperation is governed by high-level visits, military training and procurement of defence equipment.

During the meeting the latest security situation along Pak-Afghan Border and Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in the region came under discussion. The Minister appreciated the role, contribution and sacrifices of Italy in Afghanistan.