Rawalpindi, 14 July, 2023 (GNP): Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Asim Munir, embarked on a significant two-day official visit to Iran on Friday. The visit aimed to foster discussions on defense and security cooperation, the Inter-Services Public Relations announced on Friday.
During his maiden visit to Iran since being appointed as the country’s military head in November last year, General Munir will engage with Iranian military and civilian leadership.
The primary focus of the meetings will be to deliberate on bilateral matters concerning defense and security cooperation, as stated by the ISPR.
This visit marks General Munir’s fifth overseas trip since taking command of the Pakistan Army. In April, he paid an official visit to China to enhance bilateral military relations.
During his stay, the army chief met China’s State Councilor Wang Yi and the commander of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) at the PLA Headquarters.
The meeting between General Munir and Wang Yi reaffirmed the all-weather strategic partnership between China and Pakistan. Both sides emphasized the crucial role of their robust defense cooperation in promoting peace and stability in the region, as highlighted by Pakistan’s envoy on Twitter.
In earlier visits to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United Kingdom, COAS strengthened diplomatic ties and explored avenues for enhanced collaboration in defense and military domains.
During his visit to Saudi Arabia in January this year, General Munir met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, where they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed strategies for further advancement.
In subsequent visits to the UAE, General Munir held discussions with President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The meeting focused on bolstering defense cooperation and exploring opportunities to strengthen military affairs for the mutual benefit of the two friendly nations, according to the sources.
In February this year, COAS undertook a highly important visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of Britain’s Ministry of Defense. The visit centered on discussions related to security and strategic matters.