Pakistan and Russia have signed the contract on an admission of service members of Pakistan in Russia’s Military Training Institutes. The agreement was signed at the conclusion of a first meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee (JMCC), the highest form of defence collaboration between both countries held in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This will be for the first time, Pakistani soldiers will undergo training at Russian military institutes. This agreement is considered as the sign of further strengthening defence ties between Russia and Pakistan.
During the inaugural JMCC meeting, both sides discussed the present status of their defence relations with aim to further strengthen, expand and diversify mutual cooperation. They exchanged views on bilateral and major international issues, including the situation in West Asia and Afghanistan. They also expressed requirement of greater cooperative and collaborative approach among the global community to defeat extremism.
Moreover, the comprehensive issue-based review was also carried out during which both countries expressed satisfaction on milestones achieved since the signing of defence cooperation agreement in 2014. They also discussed regional security situation and matters of mutual interest, including enhancement of bilateral defence and security cooperation.