ISLAMABAD: Chief of army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan appreciates the existing defence cooperation with Saudi Arabia, our army stands with the Saudi armed forces and we shall do our best to enhance this cooperation and to defend the Kingdom.
He said this while
meeting with Saudi Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah who called on him at the
GHQ on Thursday. The Saudi minister paid a visit to Islamabad last week and
held meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan,
the special assistant to the Pakistani prime minister on information and
broadcasting and speaker Asad Qaiser.
Gen Bjwa also expressed his condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. The meeting was attended by Maj. Gen. Talal bin Abdullah Al-Otaibi, the military adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki. During the meeting, Asad Qaiser praised the leadership role of King Salman in supporting regional security. He praised the launch of the Makkah Route initiative at Islamabad International Airport and the brotherly gesture by the Kingdom to facilitate procedures for Pakistani pilgrims.
Al-Shabanah stressed the keenness of Saudi Arabia and its leadership to promote cooperation with Pakistan. He added that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the king, and the crown prince, pays great attention to its relationship with Pakistan, is eager to support the country and its people to be a successful and stable state and will always stand by them.