Pakistan and Turkish Air Forces inch closer further in strategic partnership
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu on Friday expressed his gratitude to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for extending a warm invitation to attend Graduation and Flag Detachment Ceremony and reaffirmed Pakistan Air Force’s commitment to fostering a robust partnership with the Turkish Air Force.
Consequent to a special invitation by the Turkish Presidency, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu made a landmark visit to Turkiye to attend the prestigious Graduation and Flag Detachment Ceremony, as Guest of Honour, which was held at Turkish Air Force Academy, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) news release said.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of State for Defence & Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, Dr Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov along with senior military commanders and high level state officials from across the world.
The Graduation and Flag Detachment Ceremony, held at the Turkish Air Force Academy, is a moment of immense pride and accomplishment for the graduating cadets, as they mark the culmination of their rigorous training and embark on their journey as officers of the Turkish Air Force.
The presence of Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu as the Guest of Honour adds to the significance of this event and underscores the deep-rooted camaraderie between the two air forces.
During the event, the chief of the air staff interacted with various high-level dignitaries including General Ziya Cemal KADIOGLU, Commander of Turkish Air Force.
He also emphasized the shared values and aspirations that form the foundation of the deep-rooted friendship between Pakistan and Turkiye.
The chief of the air staff expressed his unwavering commitment to enhance the existing bilateral ties in military-to-military cooperation with Turkiye especially in the field of defence production, two way sharing of technology and the joint development of fifth generation fighter aircraft.