ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan and Turkey yesterday resolved to explore new avenues to deepen the bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries.

This was stated by Force Development and Source Management Director from Turkish General Staff Director Maj General Oguz Serhad Habib Oglu during his meeting with Secretary of Defence, Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak at his office.

Turkish General Oguz Serhad Habib Oglu said both countries are cooperating in the field of air, sea and land and we must further diversify the scope of this cooperation. “Both Pakistan and Turkey should explore new ways of improving cooperation in the field of Defence,” he said.

Secretary Defence Lt. General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak during his remarks said: “Our resolve of a peaceful and stable region remains undeterred despite difficulties. Our Armed Forces are fighting the menace with full determination. Achieving peace in the region is of paramount importance.”

Secretary Defence Lt General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak said: “Our resolve of a peaceful and stable region remains undeterred despite difficulties. Our armed forces are fighting the menace with full determination. Achieving peace in the region is of paramount importance.

“Pakistan like Turkey is a future energy corridor and has an important place in the region,” Secretary Defence added.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over successfully holding of 10th HLMDG in Pakistan in October 2014 and hoped that 11th HLMDG to be held in Ankara this month will be further productive in enhancing defence cooperation.

The Turkish delegation comprised Capt (N) Halil KEPECIOGLU- Armed Forces & Naval Attache, Col Ahsen SUREN- Army Attache and Air Cdre Khalid Mehmood- Special Advisor to Chief of Air Staff. Pakistan and Turkey have historical and brotherly relations and both sides wish to translate the relations to help each other in the field of defence, trade, economy and further the ties.