ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is on an official visit to South Africa. During the visit, the naval chief called on Chief of South African Navy, Vice Admiral M S Hlongwane, on Thursday.
Upon his arrival at South African Naval Headquarters, the admiral was received by Chief of South African Navy, Vice Admiral M S Hlongwane. A ceremonial guard of honour was also presented to the naval chief on the occasion. During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah dilated upon matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration.
The naval chief also highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism, including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan(CMCP)and Counter Piracy Operations. The chief of the South African Navy appreciated the professional competence displayed by the Pakistan Navy during PN commands of Combined Task Forces 150 & 151.
Later, during the day, the naval chief also met with Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Solly Zacharia Shoke and Chief of the South African Air Force, Lt Gen Fabian Msimang.
During the meeting with chief of the South African National Defence Force, matters of bilateral defence collaboration were discussed. The chief of the South African National Defence Force highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the region. It is expected that recent visit of the naval chief will enhance and expand collaboration between the two countries in general and navies in particular.