Abu Dhabi, May 22, 2012 (PPI-OT): Commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF 150) Commodore Mukhtar Khan of Pakistan Navy met with Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan earlier on Tuesday and briefed him on his present engagements with the Task Force in Behrain.
On this occasion, Ambassador Khan lauded the services rendered by Pakistan Navy in professionally steering the command of the Combined Task Force, under the overall guidance of the UAE Navy, and further solidifying the regional efforts to strengthen maritime security cooperation.
The envoy remarked that planned ventures as maritime security cooperation will provide strong foundations for enhanced bilateral relations between Islamabad and Abu Dhabi as was envisaged by H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
“Maritime security, among other, is a fine example of how the brotherly relations between Pakistan and UAE are acquiring new heights in the bilateral arena and are poised to grow even stronger and closer with similar cooperationin other areas of interest,” Ambassador Khan maintained.
He added that the complex security environment in this day and age required robust and enhanced regional responses to effectively address the threat of terrorism, piracy and extremism, which posed challenges to transnational peace and security.
“A regional maritime force, if established with the participation of Islamabad and other regional stakeholders, could go a long way in addressing the threats borne out of transnational piracy and will further strengthen the international efforts to maintain peace and security.”
It is pertinent to recall that Pakistan has held the command of CTF 150 for five terms and twice steered the command of CTF 151 meant for curbing piracy and terrorism. During its command, Pakistan’s Navy has averted various incidents of piracy and rescued scores of maritime vessels.
The ambassador lauded Pakistan Navy’s contributions in addressing the challenges posed by piracy and bringing value to the collective efforts of the world community in securing international seas for global trade and economic well being.
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Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Abu Dhabi