Islamabad, October 27, 2014 (PPI-OT): Federal Ministers Rana Tanveer Hussain and Khawaja Muhammad Asif in separate meetings with Air Marshal Adesola Nunayun AMOSU, Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force discussed areas of defence and defence production and stressed that defence ties between the countries need enhancement.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif during his meeting stressed that “both Pakistan and Nigeria have been victims of terrorism. But Pakistan has been fighting successfully the menace of terrorism. We can extend training to Nigeria to overcome the problem”. He added that “our armed forces have sacrificed greatly in this regard and it is because of the high standards of training that we have been able to curtail this menace of extremism”.
During the Nigerian Chief of Air Staff’s call on with Rana Tanveer Hussain areas of Defence Production were generally explored. Pakistan emphasized the need to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries and offered services of its defence industries.
Rana Tanveer Hussain during the meeting stressed that “Pakistan produces the top of the line aircraft JF-17 Thunder which can be equalled to some of the best aircrafts in the world”. He added that our trainer jets have paved a market due to their best standards and we hope to sell them further to other countries”.
Defence Production Minister also offered tanks, armoured personnel carriers, radio telecommunication sets night vision weapon sights and night vision devices to Nigeria. Both meetings proved successful as Nigeria showed keen interest in defence trainings, production and joint collaboration. “Our presence at IDEAS 2014 will further help open avenues for further cooperation”, Nigerian Air Chief added.
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