The 15th meeting of Turkey-Pakistan High-Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) was held in Ankara from 22-23 December. General Selçuk Bayraktaroğlu, Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff, led the Turkish delegation, while Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain, Secretary Defence led Pakistan delegation in the talks.
During the HLMDG meeting, both delegations discussed all avenues of cooperation in military training, education, counter-terrorism and defence industry cooperation, including joint production and procurement. Both sides shared perspectives on the prevailing regional environment, including the Middle East, South Asia and Afghanistan.
The two sides reaffirmed the resolve to strengthen defence cooperation further. The meeting also took stock of the progress made since the last HLMDG meeting held in Pakistan in April last year. The HLMDG is the highest institutional mechanism between Pakistan and Turkey, mandated to charter policies and action plans to promote ties in the defence field. The next session of Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2021.
Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain separately called on Minister for National Defence of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Chief of Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Guler, Head of Presidency of Turkish Defence Industries Prof. Dr Ismail Demir and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Dr Temil Kotil.
Pakistan delegation also visited defence industry firms including Baykar (UAV OEM), ASELSAN, HAVELSAN and TAI.