ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Indonesia on Saturday discussed matters related to regional security and mutual interest including bilateral defence collaboration.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is on an official visit to Indonesia. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Vice Minister of Defence, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono; Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji; Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General Suhartono and visited Marine Brigade Headquarters. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was also conferred upon Indonesian highest military award ‘Bintang Jalasena Utama.’ Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters in Jakarta, according to a press release issued by the Pak Navy, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was received by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to the Naval Chief at the occasion. During separate meetings with Vice Minister of Defence Sakti Wahyu Trenggono and Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji, matters related to regional security and mutual interest including bilateral defence collaboration were discussed. The Naval Chief emphasised upon tremendous potential of Pakistan to raise defence cooperation and positively contribute towards peace and security initiatives in the region. The dignitaries appreciated contributions of Pakistan for maintaining peace and stability in the region. While acknowledging the significance of strong military collaboration, the dignitaries agreed to further enhance mutual interactions in diverse defence realms. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was also conferred with Indonesian highest military award Bintang Jalasena Utama in a ceremony held at Indonesian Naval Headquarters.

Later, the Naval Chief visited Marine Brigade Headquarters at Jakarta and was received by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General Suhartono. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to the Naval Chief at the occasion. Thereafter, the Admiral called on Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General Suhartono and visited various installations at Marine Brigade Headquarters.

During the visit, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi lauded the professionalism and competence of Indonesian Marines Corps. It is expected that the recent visit of the Naval Chief will further augment and expand defence ties between the two countries in general and navies in particular.