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Pakistan signs MoU with South Africa

Islamabad: The Defense Minster of Pakistan Khawaja Asif  and South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Affairs Mapisa-Nqakula has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Defence and Defence Industrial Cooperation.” 

Mapisa-Nqakula alon with a high-level delegation is on the visit of Pakistan from March 26-29. The agreement has been signed on Monday.

As per the MoU, both countries will establish a Joint Defence Committee to strengthen and diversify the collaborative programs through formal structures. The exchange of information and training of the armed forces officers and soldiers is also included.

“We appreciate Pakistan’s defence efforts,” South Africa’s Minister of Defence Nqakula said.

The MoU also include the acquisition of defense equipment, cooperation in research and development (R&D) section, transfer of technology and joint ventures in both public and private sectors.

Both countries agreed to exchange information for efforts against terrorism.

Khwaja Asif said that Pakistan has made significant achievements in war against terrorism, the state’s armed forces successfully destructed terrorist hideouts and helped displaced families.

Asif said: “Pakistan is among those countries which  most actively fighting the war against terrorism.”

South African delegation head showed her country’s interest to purchase fighter jets from Pakistan. “We will further hold discussions on the purchase of Super Mushtaq jet,” Mapsi said.