PM Abbasi, Gen Bajwa arrive in Saudi Arabia on official trip
RIYADH: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday arrived here on an official trip.
Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal Bin Bandar greeted both leaders as they alighted from an airplane at Riyadh airport.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) director general Lieutenant Gen Naveed Mukhtar and other top Pakistani officials were also accompanying the premier and the army chief.
The visit coincides with the first meeting of the defence ministers of the 41-member Saudi-led Muslim counter-terrorism alliance in Riyadh.
A day earlier, military commander of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Raheel Sharif said the IMCTC will assist member countries in their counter terrorism operations through intelligence sharing and capacity building.
“A number of our member countries are under tremendous pressure while fighting well established terrorist organizations due to capacity shortages of their armed forces and law enforcement agencies,” he said during the first meeting of the defence ministers of the 41-member Saudi-led Muslim counter-terrorism alliance in Riyadh.
This was the first official meeting of the 41-member Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, formed in 2015 under the auspices of Prince Mohammed bin Salman.