Pakistan, Germany deepen security ties

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28 January 2005 , ISLAMABAD - Senior German and Pakistani defence officials have identified four areas to promote cooperation in defence, security and counter-terrorism. "The areas identified by the two countries in their inaugural round of politico-military dialogue will lead to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in security and defence," German Deputy Assistant Chief of Armed Forces for Politico-Military Affairs and Arms Control Brigadier General Jürgen Bornemann told Deutsche Presse-Agentur

28 January 2005  

ISLAMABAD - Senior German and Pakistani defence officials have identified four areas to promote cooperation in defence, security and counter-terrorism.

"The areas identified by the two countries in their inaugural round of politico-military dialogue will lead to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in security and defence," German Deputy Assistant Chief of Armed Forces for Politico-Military Affairs and Arms Control Brigadier General Jürgen Bornemann told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa before leaving for Germany.

Germany has become the fourth country after the United States, Japan and Russia to begin a politico-military (strategic) dialogue with Pakistan.

Regular politico-military dialogue with Pakistan army officials on security and military issues, meetings of experts from both the countries on issues of mutual interest including counter terrorism, training of Pakistani officers in Germany and delivery of border surveillance equipment, were the four areas identified by the two countries for future cooperation.

Brigadier General Bornemann met Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee of Defence Nisar A. Memon as well as senior officials in the Joint Staff Headquarters and defence ministry during the visit.

"The two countries will hold at least one meeting a year to review the state of cooperation and to discuss security issues pertaining to South Asia in the light of Pakistan's assessment of the geo-political situation," said the German general.

Bornemann is the second senior German military official to visit Pakistan, after Vice Chief of Defence Staff Lt. General Hans Heinrich Dieter.

Dieter, who visited Pakistan last December, discussed the possibility of an increased interaction between armed forces of the two countries as well as holding of joint military exercises.

"No doubt Pakistan is playing an increasingly important role in matters like security and war against terrorism, which necessitates a close liaison with this country," Bornemann said.

He said Germany is also interested in how Pakistan's relations are developing with China, India and Afghanistan.

The general did not mince words while lauding Pakistan's role as an important source of stability in neighbouring Afghanistan and the war against terrorism.

A 2,000-strong German force is part of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

"We have a mutual understanding that political and strategic stability is not of regional but international importance and that is why we are interested in promoting the strategic dialogue with Pakistan," Bornemann said.

He stressed that political security has "become as global as finance and economy, and that is why it is very important to regularly exchange notes and views with friendly countries".

He said as part of the defence cooperation, Germany will offer more training opportunities to Pakistani military officials in addition to looking into Islamabad's request for the supply of surveillance equipment, particularly for the monitoring of country's borders with Afghanistan.

"We will see how we could help Pakistan in this regard," said the general.

Some 250 Pakistani officers received military training and education trained in Germany in recent years as part of military education and training programmes.

Asked if Germany would consider any request by Pakistan for the delivery of military equipment, he said, "we expect that the Pakistani defence officials through their embassy in Berlin will inform us of any specific needs".

"We will then see whether these things are available and if they can be exported to Pakistan." he added

He said Germany is very careful in issues like export of defence systems, which are usually decided by a special cabinet committee

"It is quite possible that some of those assets decommissioned by the German Bundeswehr could be given to Pakistan but it is basically a political decision to be taken by the government".

DPA

Subject: German news

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