ANKARA, 24 May 2017: At the invitation of the Chief of Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) of Pakistan, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, is on an official visit to Turkey from 23-26 May 2017.

Gen. Hulusi Akar received Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Turkish General Staff Headquarters. Upon arrival, he was presented a guard of honour. Both the commanders held extensive talks. Matters of bilateral interest with emphasis on geo-strategic situation and security challenges came under discussion. Both sides reaffirmed the resolve to further enhance cooperation between the armed forces of the two brotherly countries.

In recognition of his outstanding services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties, Chief of Turkish General Staff awarded ‘Legion of Merit’ to the CJCSC General Mahmood Hayat at an impressive ceremony.

General Mahmood Hayat also called on General Salih Zeki Çolak, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces, and Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces.

In order to pay respects to the founder of modern Turkey, the CJCSC visited the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and laid wreath.