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In the village of Pabbi, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the official closing ceremony of the fifth joint Russian-Pakistani exercise of special units “Friendship-2020” was held.

The event was attended by representatives of the Russian Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as well as representatives of the command of the ground forces of Pakistan and the national anti-terrorist center “Pabbi”.

More than 150 servicemen of special forces of the Pakistani armed forces and a special-purpose company of the 49th combined-arms army of the Southern Military District (YuVO) stationed in the Stavropol Territory were involved in the Druzhba-2020 exercise.

“The joint Russian-Pakistani exercises Friendship-2020 have been successfully completed, the participants exchanged experiences, worked out interaction in joint operations,” said Danila Ganich, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The Russian Ambassador expressed gratitude to the command of the Pakistani army for the hospitality, as well as to the army leadership for their desire to develop a partnership with Russia. He also assured that this desire is mutual.

“I wish that the participants of“ Friendship-2020 ”, representing the elite of the armed forces of our countries, do not have to apply their professional skills in real combat,” Danila Ganich summed up.

Then the inspector general for training and assessment of personnel of the command of the ground forces of Pakistan, Lieutenant General Sher Afgun, addressed the participants in the exercise.

“Conducting the joint Druzhba exercise amid the pandemic demonstrates the strong determination of both countries to strengthen bilateral relations. I must admit that the professional training shown by the servicemen during the exercise is highly commendable. All the goals and objectives set for the Druzhba-2020 exercise have been achieved, which will certainly contribute to strengthening the professional training of personnel. Pakistan and Russia are united in the fight against the threat of terrorism and extremism, and the Druzhba 2020 exercise is a practical component of the fight against this. Joint action has allowed us to find new ways and means to combat the threat of terrorism and hone our skills in the course of mutual exchange of experience. I am confident that these exercises will open up new perspectives and will contribute to peace and stability in the region, ”said Lieutenant General Sher Afgun.

Over the course of two weeks of the exercise, the military personnel of Russia and Pakistan exchanged experience and jointly worked out tasks in mountainous, reconnaissance and tactical training, including reconnaissance ambush and sabotage actions in mountainous and wooded areas, as well as assault operations.

At the end of the closing ceremony, the leaders of the exercise from the participating countries expressed satisfaction with the results of joint actions and their readiness for further exchange of professional experience.

In his speech, the head of the exercise from the Russian side, Colonel Alexander Borisenko, thanked his subordinates who participated in the exercise.

Before leaving, all military personnel were re-tested for Covid-19, there are no cases.

The exercise was conducted in accordance with the plan for international military cooperation and was aimed at strengthening and developing military cooperation between the two countries.

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