Pakistan and Nigeria have emphasized the need for increasing cooperation in various fields for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

This was discussed during a meeting between the visiting Nigerian Defence delegation, led by Chief of Defence Staff of Nigerian Armed Forces General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea Irabor and President Dr Arif Alvi in Islamabad on Thursday.

Both sides reiterated the desire to deepen cooperation in the areas of defence and counter-terrorism.

Welcoming the delegation, the President said Pakistan greatly values its relations with Nigeria and is keen to have meaningful defence ties with Nigeria. He appreciated the participation of the Nigerian Armed Forces representatives in the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar.

The President also highlighted the human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and said the belligerent neighbour is involved in the genocide of Muslims.

He informed that Pakistan has tremendous experience in combating terrorism and successfully defeated the terrorist elements in the country. He underlined the need for enhancing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

General Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea Irabor underscored the need for strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries. He conveyed to the President the warm wishes from the President of Nigeria. He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for extending a warm welcome and hospitality to him and members of his delegation.

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