Pakistan

COAS meets Saudi King, Crown Prince

RIYADH: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif Abdulaziz Al Saud.

According to a release by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS General Raheel Sharif met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif Abdulaziz Al Saud and Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

ISPR stated that the leaders agreed that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share great history of cordial relations, deep spirit of brotherhood which is transforming into enduring partnership.

Both dignitaries acknowledged that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability with significant responsibility towards Muslim Ummah, ISPR stated.

General Raheel Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to safety, protection of Harmain Ul Sharifain and territorial integrity of the Saudi Kingdom.

ISPR also stated the two sides re-emphasized on need to join hands to eliminate the menace of terrorism and reinvigorate the mechanism to roll back extremism.

Saudi King and Crown Prince reassured COAS that any threat to Pakistan’s integrity unacceptable to Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom will support peace and stability in Pakistan.

The King, Crown Prince and Defence Minister said that they hold Pakistan and Pakistan Army in high esteem and also appreciated the achievements of Pakistan Army in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

COAS appreciated growing counter terrorism cooperation, Intelligence sharing, limiting space of terrorists & extremists in all domains including choking flow of funding, the release read.

It should be noted that COAS General Raheel Sharif is on a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia.

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