COAS visits Tajikistan for one day trip

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif, arrived on a day long official visit to Tajikistan on Wednesday.

COAS called on Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to discuss regional situation with particular reference to common challenges of fighting terrorism and reconciliation in Afghanistan, which shares a border with both countries.

Rahmon appreciated Pakistan’s facilitation role in reconciliation process in Afghanistan and also lauded Pakistan Army’s phenomenal achievements in operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said that the operation being conducted by Pakistani forces against terrorists is a role model for rest of the world.

He added that Sharif’s visit will further cement bilateral relationship with Pakistan and provide an impetus to defence cooperation between both countries.

During the meeting, COAS said that Pakistan gives great importance to its relations with Tajikistan and offered Pakistan’s full support in capacity building of Tajikistan forces to counter terrorism.

COAS also conducted a meeting with Tajik Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff. He also visited Military Institute and Military Training Center of Tajikistan.