COAS Bajwa for boosting Pak-KSA military cooperation


RAWALPINDI – General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called on General Fayiadh Bin Hamed Al Rowaily, Chief of General Staff (CGS), Saudi Armed Forces at Riyadh, said ISPR on Wednesday.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including Afghan Peace Process, defence & security and military to military cooperation were discussed.

COAS emphasized the need to further enhance military to military cooperation between the two Armed Forces and said that Pakistan-KSA cooperation will have positive impact on peace and security in the region.

CGS KSA thanked the COAS for his sentiments and assured of full cooperation and support from KSA in all initiatives aimed at improving regional cooperation, peace and stability.

General Bajwa reached Saudi Arabia on an official visit on Tuesday.

Pakistan Army chief is scheduled to hold meetings with Saudi civil and military leadership during his official visit.

The military chief’s visit comes ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tour to the Kingdom on the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Information Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the premier will leave for Saudi Arabia on the 25th of Ramadan, where he will meet the Saudi leadership and perform Umrah.

The minister termed the upcoming visit crucial for bilateral ties between the two Islamic countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia will not only further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia but will also begin a new chapter of friendship and mutual cooperation in diverse sectors between the two countries.

Last month, Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony & Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said this after a meeting with Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Saeed al-Maliki on Wednesday.

While referring to the prime minister’s upcoming visit, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi reiterated Pakistan’s deep sense of association and respect for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and said the entire Muslim Ummah viewed Saudi Arabia as a central place of Ummah’s unity and oneness.

In April, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman had made a telephonic call to inquire about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s health and had invited him to visit Saudi Arabia which the prime minister had accepted.

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