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Japanese Defense Minister Kono Taro praised Pakistan’s “successful fight” against Covid-19 and steps against locusts in a video conversation with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Matters of mutual interest, military to military ties, defense and security cooperation and Pakistan ‘s commitment to Covid-19 were discussed during the virtual meeting, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday.
“The dignitary commended the role of Pakistan for regional peace and stability, especially the efforts of Pakistan Army in battling the scourge of terrorism,” the military’s media wing said.
It added that both sides agreed to resume talks at the staff level as soon as the situation with coronavirus improves and improves bilateral defense cooperation, particularly in the fields of training, joint exercises and anti-piracy measures.
General Qamar thanked the minister of defense for giving assistance against the locust threat.
In June, the Japanese government had pledged to provide insecticide to Pakistan in collaboration with a non-governmental organization (NGO) and some private firms to support its fight against the attacks by the desert locust.
Pakistan is facing the worst locust attack in many decades. The government had deployed more than 1,100 teams of army and agriculture and food security teams in 49 affected districts of the country for anti-locust activity.