A visiting Pakistani army delegation yesterday held talks on military cooperation, including fighting terrorism, with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
The discussions were held between General Ith Sarath, RCAF’s deputy commander and chief of joint staff, and Lieutenant General Muhammad Chiragh Haider, chief of staff of the General Command Headquarters of Pakistan.
Major General Thong Solimo, RCAF spokesman, said both sides discussed issues, including terrorism, which threaten peace in the region and world.
“Cambodia does not have terrorism, but Cambodia has a counter-terrorism unit ready to tackle any terror-related activities,” Maj Gen Solimo quoted Gen Sarath as saying during the meeting. “Pakistan and Cambodia are not far away from each other so we have to join together to strengthen peace in our region.”
He said Gen Sarath also told Lt Gen Haider that the Cambodian army wishes to train in Pakistan to improve military skills, and hailed the Pakistani delegation’s visit as an important step in forging ties and cooperation between both armies.
“Gen Sarath asked Lt Gen Haider to consider taking in Cambodian army personnel for training in Pakistan to strengthen cooperation between both armies,” Maj Gen Solim noted.
He said that in response, Lt Gen Haider thanked RCAF officers of all levels for warmly welcoming the Pakistani delegation and praised Cambodia for its rapid development.
Lt Gen Haider also promised to forward Cambodia’s requests to the Pakistani Defence Ministry.
“He will inform the Defence Ministry of Pakistan about all the requests from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces,” Maj Gen Solimo said.
He noted that Lt Gen Haider invited Gen Sarath to pay an official visit to Pakistan in order to strengthen ties between the two armies.
The high-level Pakistani military delegation arrived on Monday and will be in the Kingdom until tomorrow.
Its visit is aimed at forging ties with the Cambodian army, in a first for both armies.
Maj Gen Solimo said on Monday that during his visit, Lt Gen Haider would hold bilateral talks with army commander Lieutenant General Hun Manet, General Sao Sokha, National Military Police commander, and Defence Minister General Tea Banh.
The Pakistani delegation will also visit the 911 paratrooper brigade to witness a parachuting demonstration, and also the Win-Win monument, National Museum, Royal Palace, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.