Islamabad :  (PR)     Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is on an
official visit to Nigeria. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Nigeria’s Chief of Defence
Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and also visited various Nigerian Naval facilities including training
units.
Upon his arrival at Naval Headquarters in Abuja, the Admiral was received by Chief of
the Naval Staff Nigerian Navy, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. A ceremonial Guard of
Honour was also presented to the Naval Chief at the occasion. During the meeting, Admiral
Zafar Mahmood Abbasi dilated upon matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval
collaboration. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan Navy’s efforts for ensuring maritime
security and peace in the region through Regional Maritime Security Patrols and participation
in combined maritime forces (CMF). Naval Chief also thanked Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe
Ibas for participation of Nigerian Navy Delegation/ Special Forces Team in recently conducted
Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 at Karachi. He also underscored the importance of
further enhancing the interaction between both the navies through port calls, bilateral naval
exercises and training exchange programmes.
Chief of the Nigerian Navy acknowledged the significance of strong bilateral naval
association in diverse realms between both the navies. He also highly appreciated and
acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s efforts and commitment in support of collaborative maritime
security and successful conduct of Exercise AMAN-19.
Earlier, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also called on Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff,
General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin. During the meeting, professional matters of mutual
interest and bilateral defence ties were pondered upon. General Abayomi acknowledged and
highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives
for maintaining peace and stability in the region. Both the dignitaries agreed on further
enhancing the collaboration between both the countries in the fields of training and other
defence matters.
The Naval Chief also visited Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command (WNC) and
Nigerian Navy Ship QUORRA where the Naval Chief was given a ceremonial Guard of
Honour upon his arrival. He also witnessed the maritime surveillance system. Later, the
Admiral also visited Naval Dockyard where he was given detailed briefings on various
aspects of the operational activities of the command.
It is expected that the recent visit of the Naval Chief will further augment and expand
defence ties between the two countries in general and Armed Forces in particular.

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