Gen Raheel witnesses anti-terror exercises in China
General Raheel, who is in China for a high level meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM )in counter terrorism between Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan’s armed forces, appreciated PLA troops for their skills and abilities to counter all forms of terrorism.
Earlier in Urumqi, Xingjian, the COAS met CGS Afghan National Army, Qadam Shah Shahim, General Fang Fenghui, China’s Chief of Joint Staff Department of Central Military Commission (CMC), and Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda, First Deputy Defence Minister and CGS Tajikistan armed forces.
The participants unanimously agreed that terrorism and extremism are serious threat to regional stability and they fully appreciate the unremitting efforts taken by the armed forces of four countries against the forces of terrorism and extremism.
They reiterated to cooperate for tackling these forces for peace and stability of all member countries.
It was agreed to establish the QCCM to coordinate and provide mutual support limited to four countries only in the fields of counter terrorism situation evaluation, clue verification, intelligence sharing, counter terrorism capacity building, counter terrorism joint training exercises and personnel training.
It was also agreed that all decisions reached by the QCCM would be based on mutual consultation and consensus. The parties agreed that the QCCM should adhere to the principles of UN charter and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law, specially those on maintaining peace and security, safe guarding independence and equality with mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
It was emphasized that formation of the QCCM was not targeted against any other state or international organization.
COAS also held separate meeting with Party Secretary Xinkiang province, Mr. Zhang Chun Xian in Urumqi today. Discussed Pak-China bilateral relations and regional security issue with particular reference to CPEC completion and security.