RISS Director meets the senior military leadership of Pakistan

From 14 to 18 November 2015 the delegation of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies headed by RISS Director Leonid Reshetnikov visited Islamabad on the invitation of the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan. The delegation included head of sector of Asia at the Center for Asia and the Middle East B. Volkhonsky, assistant director for international relations A. Dudar, and research fellow of the Center for Asia and the Middle East R. Enikeev.

RISS Director held meetings with Commander of the General Staff Pakistan Army, Lieutenant-General Zubayr Mahmood Hayat and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant-General Rashad Mahmood. During the talks the sides spoke in favor of the expansion of spheres of Russian-Pakistani political and economic cooperation.

The members of the delegation met the President of the National Defense University, Lieutenant-General Anwar Ali Hyder and CEO of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA) NDU, major General Noel Israel Kohara. They discussed practical steps on development of bilateral cooperation between RISS and NDU. The meeting was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan A. Dedov.

RISS experts made presentations on the problems of the geopolitical situation in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Asia, and prospects of development of Russian-Pakistani bilateral relations. In their reports members of the delegation gave an assessment of the current state of international relations, considered the main vectors of Russian foreign policy in the context of the ongoing crisis in Syria, and analyzed the possibility of cooperation between Russia and Pakistan on the background of the shift of the world politics and economic center to the Asia-Pacific region.

During the visit RISS and the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) signed the cooperation agreement. RISS Director and major General Ziauddin Najam discussed the prospects of formation of a bilateral working group for regular consultations at expert level on problems of security in the Asian region.

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