ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army staff, General Raheel Sharif, who is on an official visit to Australia these days, held meetings with Australian Minister of Defence David Johnston and Secretary Defence Dennis Richardson on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by ISPR here on Wednesday, matters of regional security and bilateral defence cooperation were discussed during these meetings.

General Raheel Sharif also met Lt Gen David Morrison, Australian Army Chief , and discussed the matters related to further strengthening military to military ties between both the countries.

Later, the army chief attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, along with Australian services chiefs and high-ranking officials of ministry of defence.

Matters concerning the regional security, Pakistan's role and contributions in fighting terrorism and need for enhanced bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries were discussed. Pakistan's experiences in combating terrorism, and its expertise in countering improvised explosive devices were widely discussed and acknowledged.

Earlier, on his arrival at Army Headquarters, the guard of honour was presented to COAS. General Raheel Sharif was also the guest of honour at a banquet hosted by the Australian army chief .