Sunday, November 30, 2014

South Asian and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chief’s Dialogue

Press Release

No PR263/2014-ISPR Dated: November 29, 2014 
CJCSC with general jagath jayasuria, chief of defence staff, sri lanka during the sidelines of SASEAN.
Rawalpindi - November 29, 2014: General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), is visiting Sri Lanka to participate in SASEAN (South Asian and Southeast Asian Nations) Defence Chief’s Dialogue. While speaking at the forum, CJCSC highlighted the role played by Pakistan to achieve peace and stability in the region through a perennial resolve against terrorism in its all manifestations. He also dilated upon the functioning of Higher Defence Organization in Pakistan and the synergetic effects of strategic thinking at the highest fora.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee also held wide ranging bilateral talks on the sidelines of SASEAN with host country’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Jagath Jayasuria and delegates from other countries which included, Hon Anatoly Antonov Deputy Minister of Defence of Russian Federation, General Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin Chief of Defence Forces Malaysia, Lieutenant General Wang Ning Chief of General Staff Peoples Liberation Army China, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdulla Commander Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Major General Ahmed Shiyam Chief of Defence Forces Maldives. During these meetings matters related to bilateral interests came under discussion.

The SASEAN forum is a conclave of Defence Chiefs of 18 regional countries which also constitutes SAARC and ASEAN. This being the first session is significant due to its regional peace, stability and confidence building goal setting agenda, and the coming into prominence of the region due to its natural geographical foray into Indo-Pacific Ocean. Delegates from China and Russia also attended the dialogue as observers.

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