ANKARA, June 29:       Turkish President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gul during a meeting with General Tariq Majid, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan on Monday evening lauded the sacrifices rendered by Pakistani nation and its Armed Forces in their fight against terror.

 Pakistan’s successful campaign against terrorism has made us proud,” said Gul adding “both brotherly countries must join hands to wipe out armed militancy and violent extremism from our societies.” The President reiterated that both countries have convergent perceptions on all regional and international issues and are facing common challenges.

 Gen. Majid offered his condolences to the President and Turkish people for the loss of precious lives of the Turkish soldiers and citizens in the recent terrorist attacks and Freedom Flotilla incident.

 General Tariq Majid during his official visit to Turkey also met with Turkish Minister of Defence Mr. Vecdi Gonul and General Ilker BAŞBUG, Chief of Turkish General Staff. During his interaction, Gen. Tariq Majid emphasized on the need to further enhance military cooperation between the two countries. This will include training of officers at mid career and junior levels aimed at cultivating brotherhood amongst the young officers. Strategic partnership and joint ventures focusing on cutting edge technologies, research & development, and transfer of technology in public as well as private sectors were also discussed. 

 General BASBUG conferred Legion of Merit on General Tariq Majid for his efforts to enhance the bilateral relations between Pakistan, Turkey and its armed forces.