Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir and Saudi Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz met on Thursday and discussed military and defence cooperation between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
General Asim Munir is on an “official visit” to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the 4th to the 10th of January, the media wing of Pakistan’s military said in a statement on Thursday.
The visit has come as the first official visit of the newly appointed COAS, who assumed charge of the Pakistan Army on November 29 last year.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, Prince Khalid bin Salman received General Asim Munir and congratulated him on his appointment as the new Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Army.
During the meeting, the two sides also emphasized the “strength and durability of bilateral relations” between the two fraternal countries and discussed military and defence cooperation. They also discussed ways to support and enhance them, in addition to discussing the most important regional and international issues of common interest.
Taking to Twitter, Prince Khalid bin Salman said that he was “pleased to meet H.E General Asim Munir, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff”.
Pleased to meet H.E General Asim Munir, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff. We emphasized the strategic partnership between our brotherly countries, reviewed the bilateral military and defense relations, and discussed ways of strengthening our cooperation. pic.twitter.com/HAtcNKX6O3
— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) January 4, 2023
“We emphasized the strategic partnership between our brotherly countries, reviewed the bilateral military and defense relations, and discussed ways of strengthening our cooperation,” he added.
The timing of the visit is also very important as the country faces severe economic crises and the rise in terror waves from across the border.