Erdogan praises Pakistan Army's contributions for regional peace, stability

Published: May 31, 2016
Army chief General Raheel Sharif meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif meets Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: ISPR

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met army chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday, and praised contributions to regional peace and stability.

According to the ISPR, General Raheel, who is on an official visit in Turkey, witnessed multinational military exercise EFES.

During the exercise, Pakistan’s armed forces participated alongside forces of Turkey, the US, UK, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Azerbaijan, the statement added.

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President Erdogan praised Pakistan Army’s accomplishments in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and its contributions to regional peace and stability.


The president thanked army chief for Pakistan’s participation and his personal presence to witness the exercise, saying it will enhance the existing close, friendly ties.

Reciprocating, General Raheel appreciated Turkish forces for an outstanding conduct of the exercise of such magnitude and scope.

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Exercise EFES was aimed at sharing military experience and enhancing training exchanges of Pakistan Army in the last three years, with the forces conducting 52 exercises inland and abroad.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Mohsin
    May 31, 2016 - 9:06PM

    How Erdogan himself contributing regional peace and stability is big question mark? Recommend

  • Sandip
    May 31, 2016 - 10:08PM

    The understanding is quite clear – You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.Recommend

    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:27AM

    Tek Millet Iki Devlet – One nation, two states…Recommend

  • Observer
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:56AM

    the same that Afghanistan and India are doing, or is it not?Recommend

  • Shaukat ali
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:22AM

    Exactly the same relationship between India and AfghanistanRecommend

  • American
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:54AM

    Not surprising…Pakistan wants strategic depth in Afghanistan; Erdogan wants strategic depth in Syria; Turkey willget the same things as Pakistan…decades of strife, kalashnikov culture, and ruined economy. But no strategic or any depth.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Jun 1, 2016 - 4:06AM

    Big Croc is complimenting tiny Croc that he is doing great. LOLRecommend

  • Su
    Jun 1, 2016 - 4:31AM

    That’s first statement only pak newspaper print.
    For any visitor .as if visitor mutter these words in general’s earRecommend

  • Afghan
    Jun 2, 2016 - 5:43AM

    Stability by means of terrorism and international war criminals used as proxies!Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 2, 2016 - 10:50PM

    @Shaukat ali: Be thankful that these sponsors of terrorism are not being tried in International tribunals, yet.Recommend

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