ISLAMABAD: Commander Iraqi Air Force, General Anwer Hammad Amen Ahmed and Commander Iraqi Air Defence General Jabbar Ubaid Kedhum Friday called on Federal Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain here in his National Assembly Chamber.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary Defence Production Lt Gen (Retd) Tanvir Tahir, Chairman PAC Kamra AVM Sohail Gul Khan and other senior officials from both sides.
The Iraqi defence delegation is on a visit to Pakistan to explore areas of defence cooperation.
The delegation showed keen interest in the air defence systems and also in the aircraft built in Pakistan.
The delegation on the occasion said that the air surveillance systems in Pakistan are state of the art and low cost. Pakistan also offered trainer jets and training for Iraqi pilots.
The Iraqi commander said that Iraq had all the more systems and infrastructure but after the destruction and downturn they now have to rebuild for which they need help of the international community and their friends in the Muslim World.
Iraq would like to build air defence and obtain aircraft for which we have to undertake training projects and trainer aircraft, he added.
On the occasion, Rana Tanveer Hussain said that from intermediary to jet aircraft, Pakistan defence industry had all the capacity and we would love to extend cooperation to our brothers.
The meeting proved very fruitful as Pakistan will also be signing contracts in future to materialize all deals related to training and communications as discussed in the meeting.
Evaluation for restructuring of Iraqi Air Defence and Air Force surveys will be carried out in near future too.
Commander Iraqi Air Defence General Jabbar Ubaid Kedhum said that Pakistan's help and support is needed to restructure and reorganize the forces.
He added that Pakistan has been very hospitable and helpful.
The Minister said, We share a bond of common values, culture and religion with the Iraqi brethren and we will work towards enhancing our ties further."