The head of the British army goes to Pakistan for a “defence engagement.”
General Sir Patrick Sanders, head of the British Army’s General Staff, came in Pakistan on Monday for a five-day defense engagement visit. This is part of a long-standing agreement between the UK and Pakistan to work together on defense.
During his trip, Gen. Sanders will meet Army Chief of Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir and do other defense-related things.
According to the press release, the UK highly values the depth and warmth of the military relationship and friendship between the UK and Pakistan, which is based on a shared past and ‘living bridge’ diaspora links.
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Pakistani soldiers get training at the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Advance Command and Staff Course, and the Royal College of Defence Studies. This is part of the current defense relationship.
Gen. Sanders’s visit comes almost a year after the devastating floods in Pakistan, which flooded about a third of the country and affected about 33 million people.
At the request of the Pakistani army head, the UK’s Ministry of Defense helped with flood relief efforts by airlifting in eight boats and ten portable generators.
A big part of the visit will be talking about how the two countries’ militaries can work together to handle problems caused by climate change.