Islamabad: Maldives Defence Minister, Mr Adam Shareef Umar with a high level delegation comprising civil and military officials paid a four days visit of Pakistan. High Commissioner of Maldives to Pakistan Mr. Ahmed Saleem charted out an excellent programme of the visiting dignities of his country. During his visit Maldives Defence Minister, Mr Adam Shareef Umar met with President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhmmad Asif, and The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and other the civil and military officials of Pakistan.
According to a Ministry of foreign affairs source Pakistan will facilitate US$10 million credit line facility to strengthen the Maldivian military and also provide two aircraft to be used in training and surveillance with the help of the credit facility before the end of the year, assured by Pakistani authorities.
President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed his satisfaction at the existing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Maldives and assured of Pakistan’s continued support to Maldives in all fields. The President said this while talking to Defence and National Security Minister of Maldives Adam Shareef Umar who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Thursday.
President Mamnoon stated that the two countries have long-standing friendly bilateral relations and noted with satisfaction that both have been supporting each other at international forums on all issues. The President expressed his optimism that relations between the two countries will expand further and grow stronger in the future. The President wished the visiting dignitary a comfortable and productive stay in Pakistan and expressed his best wishes for the President and people of Maldives.
Maldives Defence Minister, Mr Adam Shareef Umar appreciated that Pakistan has always offered unconditional help and particularly recalled the assistance provided by Pakistan during his country’s difficult times. Mr. Adam Shareef Umar said that he is highly impressed by the quality of defence items produced in the Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), which are comparable to similar products of the developed countries. The Maldivian Defence Minister said that he feels at home in Pakistan and is particularly impressed by the friendly and loving nature of the people of Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s achievements in the fight against terrorism and said that his country would like to benefit from Pakistan’s expertise and experience in this regard.
On his arrival in Pakistan his first official meeting was chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday at GHQ in Rawalpindi. In meeting both Mr Adam Shareef Umar and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif discussed issues of mutual interest including regional security and defence cooperation between Pakistan and Maldives.
The Maldives Defence Minister appreciated the successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb and paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Pakistani security forces. Upon his arrival the Defence Minister laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada (martyrs memorial) and was presented a guard of honor by a smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Army.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif highlighted the importance of Maldives among Saarc countries and the role being played by the Maldives in regional and global scenarios during his meeting with his counterpart Adam Shareef Umar on Tuesday. Both Defence Minister Khwaja Muhmmad Asif and his Maldivian counterpart Adam Shareef Umar discussed matters pertaining to counter-terrorism and training of military officers of Maldives in Pakistan. Adam Shareef Umer, reciprocating the sentiments, said both the countries enjoy bilateral relations based on mutual trust, confidence and commonality of views on regional and international issues. He pointed out that exchange of high level visits and regular meetings are instrumental in strengthening cooperation between two countries.
The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and the Maldivian Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar on Thursday expressed satisfaction at the overall trajectory of Pak-Maldives relations and reaffirmed their resolve for further strengthening these ties. The two dignitaries met at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Thursday during which they covered issues related to bilateral relations and mutual interest in their discussion.
The adviser said that Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with the Maldives which are characterized by cordiality, mutual respect and commonality of interest. Sartaj Aziz expressed his hope that the upcoming visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to the Maldives in July 2016 on the occasion of the National Day of Maldives, will help provide further impetus to the bilateral relations.
The Maldivian defence minister in his remarks thanked the government of Pakistan for the warm hospitality extended to him and reciprocated the warm sentiments on cordial bilateral relations in defence and other fields. Maldives Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar, along with members of his delegation, visited the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) on Wednesday. The Maldives delegation was received at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories by POF chief Lt General Omar Mahmood Hayat.
The distinguished guests visited several sections of the POF and saw production and manufacturing of arms and armaments. They showed a keen interest in Pakistani arms and weapons and were impressed by capacity and capabilities of the armament industry of Pakistan.
During the visit, the defence delegates were informed that POF was the premier defence organisation which was not only meeting defence requirements of the armed forces of Pakistan but was also exporting its products to more than 30 countries around the world.
The delegates were further informed that POF had a gigantic complex comprising 14 directly controlled factories and plants, nine subsidiaries and a total work force of more than 26,000 people. The delegation was informed that POF’s industrial base was strong enough to undertake development and production of almost all types of conventional arms and ammunition.
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