ANKARA: Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan (COAS) General Raheel Sharif who is in Turkey on special invitation by Turkish Govt, witnessed multi-national military exercises “EFES” in two sittings, one last night and then also during day on Tuesday.
Upon arrival at the exercise area, Turkish Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, welcomed the COAS. Along with Turkish troops US, UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Azerbaijan, and a contingent of Pakistani Armed Forces is participating in the joint exercises.
Turkish President and Defense Min also attended the Exercise. Turkish President also held a separate meeting with the COAS and thanked him for Pakistan’s participation and his personal presence for witnessing the Ex which he said, will enhance the existing close friendly ties between Pakistan and Turkey especially between the two Armed Forces. President also praised Pakistan Army’s accomplishments in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and contributions towards regional peace and stability.
The COAS appreciated Turkish armed forces for an outstanding conduct of the Exercise of such magnitude and scope.
In our bid to share military experiences and enhance training exchanges, Pakistan Army, in the last three years, has conducted 52 joint military exercises, both inland and abroad, with partner countries. NNI