Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has recently visited Turkey and met with Turkish higher echelons including Minister of National Defence of Turkey, Commander Turkish General Staff and Commander Turkish Naval Forces.
Upon his arrival at the Turkish Naval Forces Headquarters, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was presented guard of honour by a contingent of Turkish Navy. Subsequently, he was conferred with “Legion of Merit of the Turkish Armed Forces” by his counterpart at an impressive ceremony in recognition of his services for promoting cooperation between the two navies. Earlier, both the commanders, held a meeting wherein various matters of mutual interest aimed at further promoting ties between the navies of two brotherly countries were discussed.
Chief of the Naval Staff also called on Minister of National Defence of Turkey, Mr. Nurettin Canikli and Commander Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar in separate meetings. During the meetings, professional matters and various avenues of defence collaboration between Pakistan and Turkey came under discussion. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highlighted the role and contribution of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the regional maritime domain. The Admiral also cited the conduct of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 under the auspices of Pakistan Navy and highly appreciated the active participation of Turkish Navy.
Turkish dignitaries acknowledged the efforts of Pakistan Navy for the establishment of maritime peace, stability and lawful order at sea by bringing together global navies towards a shared commitment under the ambit of Exercise AMAN 17. They also lauded commitment and performance of Pakistan Navy through participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations for maritime security and stability in the region.
During the visit, the Naval Chief met Commander Turkish Fleet, Vice Admiral Ercument Tatlioglu, Commander of Turkish Northern Sea Area, Rear Admiral (UH) Iskender Yildirim, Commander Turkish Naval Academy and Commander Naval Training & Education separately. Chief of the Naval Staff also visited Golcuk Naval Shipyard, Turkish Navy Ship TCG Heybeliada and Turkish Naval Academy.
The Naval Chief was given detailed briefings regarding Turkish Fleet Command. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highly appreciated the role and contributions of Turkish Navy for maintaining maritime peace and stability in the region. Chief of the Naval Staff also visited various segments/sections of Turkish Naval Academy and interacted with midshipmen and cadets.
During his visit onboard Turkish Navy Ship TCG Heybeliada, the Naval Chief interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their operational competence. The Naval Chief said that Pak-Turkey friendship is highly valued and the continued cooperation between them has proven to be a source of strength for both the countries.
It is expected that the visit of the Naval Chief will further enhance and expand naval collaboration and defence ties between the two countries in general and navies in particular.
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