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Nigeria Defence Minister Holds Bilateral Talks With Pakistan, Harps On Techological Transfer

 

The Minister of Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) is consolidating on the gains of bilateral Cooperations with Pakistani and Turkish governments to guarantee sustainable transfer of technologies in aid of the fight against Internal Security challenges bedeveling the country.

This was contained in a press release signed and made available to newsmen by Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri on Friday.

 

General Magashi stated this when he hosted the courtesy call of High Commissioner of Pakistan, Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam (rtd) and Turkish Ambassador designate, Hidayet Bayrakar who was accompanied by the Military Attache, Colonel Hakan Karabulut.

He told General Azam that the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Pakistan needs to be consolidated to fast track transfer of technology to the country.

 

The defence Minister said it is by so doing that such technologies will serve as force multipliers for national territorial defence capabilities to obliterate the insurgents and bandits in their enclaves can be further guaranteed technologically.

The Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria however, extended invitation to the Defence Minister to visit Pakistan on working tours of some installations and arrays of modern technologies expo to be explored for possible technological transfer to Nigeria.

 

General Azam pledged the sharing of experince, intelligence and training in support of Nigeria to deal with the lingering security threats to nation’s sovereignty by Non state actors.

 

In the same vein, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayrakar who came on introductory courtesy call to the Ship House assured the Minister of Defence of his cooperation with him to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two Countries.

 

Meanwhile the interface between the Minister of Defence Gen. Magashi and the scoping delegation from India to Nigeria led by Lt. Gen. VG khandare has opened a new vitsa of hope for a robust bilateral military cooperations between the two Countries.

 

Highlight of courtesy calls include are comparing notes and new prospects for mutually reinforcing military engagements and arrangements came to the fore during the strategic parley between the Ministerial team and the Indian delegation which comprised senior military officers drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force.

 

 

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Written by Issa Saliu

I am a journalist based in Ilorin

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