General Sir Patrick Sanders, Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, came in Pakistan on Monday for a five-day defence engagement tour. The visit is a component of the long-standing defence cooperation agreement between the UK and Pakistan.
Gen Sanders will meet with General Asim Munir, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), while he is here and take part in a number of defense-related events.
The press release emphasised the close and cordial military ties between the UK and Pakistan. Which are founded on a common past and ties to the diaspora that serve as a “living bridge” between the two countries. This relationship is highly valued in the UK.
UK institutions like the Royal Military Academy
As part of the current defence partnership, Pakistani officers are trained at esteemed UK institutions like the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Advance Command and Staff Course, and the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Gen. Sanders’ visit to Pakistan comes about a year after the nation was devastated by floods that displaced 33 million people and swamped roughly a third of the nation. At the request of the Pakistani army leader, the UK’s Ministry of Defence actively backed flood relief efforts by offering help, which included airlifting ten portable generators and eight boats.
Discussions on bilateral military cooperation in response to climate change problems will be a major emphasis of the visit.