ISLAMABAD: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is on an official visit to Qatar. During the visit, the naval chief called on Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim and Qatar Emiri Navy Commander Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi.
During the naval chief’s meeting with Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, matters of defence ties and mutual collaboration were discussed. The admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations as well as Command of multinational Task Forces 150 and 151. Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces lauded Pakistan’s efforts in promoting peace and security in the maritime domain for freedom of the seas and free flow of trade.
The naval chief also called on Qatar Emiri Navy Commander Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the naval chief on the occasion. During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah expanded upon matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration. The Qatar Emiri Navy commander also acknowledged the significance of close and strong bilateral naval association in diverse realms between Pakistan Navy and Qatari Emiri Navy. While lauding the professional acumen and commitment of PN personnel, Qatari Emiri Navy chief also looked forward to further enhancing the interaction between both navies.
Later during the day, the Naval Chief met with the DG Coast Guard, Brig Ali Al Bedeed and visited Qatar Emiri Navy Ship BARZAN. The Admiral was received by Fleet Commander Qatar Emiri Navy and he was briefed onboard by the Commanding officer of the ship. During his visit onboard, the Naval Chief interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their operational competence.
It is expected that recent visit of the Naval Chief will enhance and expand collaboration between the two countries in general and the navies in particular.