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Pakistani military seeks to forge ties

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Lieutenant General Muhammad Chiragh Haider. Supplied

A high-level Pakistani military delegation arrived in the Kingdom yesterday to forge ties with the Cambodian army in a first for both armies.

Lieutenant General Muhammad Chiragh Haider, chief of staff of General Command Headquarters of Pakistan, will hold bilateral meetings with senior military officials over the next few days.

Major General Thong Solimo, spokesman at RCAF’s General Command Headquarters, yesterday said the Pakistani military delegation arrived in the Kingdom at 8am and will be here until Thursday.

He said Lt.Gen Muhammad will hold a builateral meeting today with Gen. Ith Sarath the RCAF Joint Chief of Staff.

“The visit is aimed at forging bilateral relations between the armies of Cambodia and Pakistan,” Lt Gen Solimo said. “I hope that the meeting tomorrow will have a good result and lead to further exchanges of visits between officers from Cambodia and Pakistan.”

He noted that this is the first time both sides are meeting.

Lt Gen Solimo said Lt Gen Haider will also hold bilateral talks with army commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet, General Sao Sokha, National Military Police commander, and Defence Minister General Tea Banh.

He said the Pakistani delegation will also visit the Win-Win monument, National Museum, Royal Palace, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Major General Mao Phalla, spokesman for the Royal Cambodian Army, yesterday said that the Pakistani delegation will meet Lt Gen Manet at the army headquarters this afternoon.

“It is a first meeting between the armies of the two countries in order to forge ties on military affairs,” he said.

Kin Phea, director general of International Relation Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, yesterday said the Pakistani delegation’s visit is aimed at starting military cooperation between Cambodia and Pakistan.

“Our Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have reached another step in international cooperation with Pakistan,” he noted.

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