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Raheel Sharif-led Saudi military alliance delegation meets COAS

RAWALPINDI: A delegation of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), led by former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Matters related to mutual interest, including regional peace and stability came under discussion during the meeting, according to the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR).

The army chief lauded the military coalition’s efforts toward regional peace and security.

A special aircraft carrying the delegation arrived at Nur Khan air base in the federal capital on Sunday evening. During the two-day visit, the visiting delegation is likely to hold meetings with Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoood Qureshi.

The key visit by the delegation comes ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s scheduled trip of Islamabad.

Riyadh and Islamabad, decades-old allies, have been involved for months in talks to hammer out details of the deals in time for the high-profile visit.

At the heart of of the visit is a reported $10 billion refinery and oil complex in the strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea, the ultimate destination for the massive multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which lies not far from the Indo-Iranian port of Chabahar.

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