Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah called on Commander-in-Chief Bahrain Defence Forces, Commander Bahrain National Guard, Chief of Staff Bahrain Defence Forces, Commander Bahrain Coast Guard and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) during an official visit to Bahrain.
Meetings were held with dignitaries where matters of mutual interest, including defence and security collaboration were discussed. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism in general and Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maintaining regional peace and security in particular. The dignitaries acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Bahrain, based on strong foundations and historical ties. They lauded Pakistan Navy's efforts and focused commitments in support of collaborative maritime security in the region and extending cooperation in diverse fields to Royal Bahrain Naval Force.
Earlier, the Admiral had also called on Commander U.S. NAVCENT, Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan.
Upon his arrival at U.S. NAVCENT Headquarters, the Naval Chief was warmly received by Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan. During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah dilated upon matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region. Commander U.S. NAVCENT highly appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and the active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region. He said, "The near permanent presence of Pakistan Navy units in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) has greatly helped in shaping a secure environment for freedom of navigation in the region".
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