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Pakistan, South Africa sign agreements to increase defence cooperation

Updated Mar 27, 2017 03:42pm


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Pakistan and South Africa on Monday signed a defence deal with Pakistan that will entail increased military cooperation between the two countries at a ceremony held at the defency ministry in Rawalpindi.

The agreement signed by the two countries includes the purchase of military equipment, training of armed forces, and enhanced defence cooperation overseen by a bilateral defence committee.

South Africa's Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Affairs N.N Mapisa Nqakula, who represented her country, reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and Super Mushshak training aircraft and other defence equipment.

She also agreed to a combined committee that would oversee increased defense co-operation between the two countries, DawnNews reported.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is developing its relationships with friendly countries like South Africa through defence cooperation agreements, thus reducing its dependence on western countries.

Nqakula also called on Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

During the meeting, the two exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, including defence and security cooperation between both countries and the overall regional security situation, the ISPR statement said.

The minister expressed her appreciation for Pakistan Army’s successes in eliminating terrorism in the country, the statement added.


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Comments (10) Closed

Khan Mar 27, 2017 02:54pm

Great news for Pakistan !!!!

DK Mar 27, 2017 03:12pm

And someone was trying to isolate Pakistan

King Mar 27, 2017 03:33pm

Great going my beloved Pakistan

Pakistani Mar 27, 2017 03:41pm

Grand success ... but I feel isolated ..;-)

Fast Mar 27, 2017 03:47pm

@DK instead his country is isolated.

Ind Mar 27, 2017 04:17pm

Good, so things are starting

Ahmed Patel Mar 27, 2017 05:33pm

Does Pakisatn has a civilian elected Gov? If so then what is a roll of general to make deal. No other democratically elected gov has military roll to make a deal or see forieng dignitary to talk directly.

DK Mar 27, 2017 05:36pm

@Fast pretty much ... because India thought, there are only three countries in the world herself, bangladesh, and afganistan.

Alba Mar 27, 2017 05:51pm

The ANC party needs all the help it can get to stay in power. Riots are becoming common place in South Africa over immigrants and employment. Food riots may be next.

Tariq Shah Mar 28, 2017 09:39am

@Alba dont worry, Pakistan can help with food as well, we have big hearts.