Rawalpindi, Sep 11, 2017: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) reached Australia on two days official visit on invitation of Australian Army Chief. Upon arrival at the Defence Forces Headquarters in Canberra, COAS was given a tri service Guard of Honour. COAS called on Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General Angus J. Campbell and the Naval Chief Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett.
Later, COAS also met Australian Foreign Minister Ms. Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Ms. Marise Payne AR at Australian Parliament House.
During these meetings with Australian military and civilian leadership, COAS highlighted regional security situation and Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability. COAS said that while Pakistan will continue to support all peace efforts however we expect that our security concerns are also addressed. COAS said that Pakistan has improved security situation and has a key role in regional economy. The Australian leadership appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and expressed commitment to further improve the bilateral collaboration in defence and security.