ISLAMABAD: General Fayyadh bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, chief of general staff of the Saudi Armed Forces, visited Pakistan’s Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss regional security and bilateral cooperation with a senior Pakistan Navy official, the navy said in a statement.
The armed forces of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy close collaboration and defense ties which results in joint exercises between the two countries on a regular basis. Earlier this month, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia started a joint naval exercise near the Kingdom’s Al Jubail city to strengthen bilateral ties and foster interoperability among their navies and special operation forces.
During Wednesday’s visit, Pakistan Navy said Al-Ruwaili called on Pakistan Navy’s Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Naveed Ashraf.
“During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including bilateral collaboration and regional security were discussed,” the statement said. “The visiting dignitary appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s efforts and commitments in support of collaborative maritime security in the region.”
Pakistan Navy said both representatives appreciated the successful conduct of the mutual naval exercise in Al-Jubail and “reaffirmed the resolve to further enhance bilateral defense ties.”
“The visit of Chief of the General Staff Saudi Arabian Armed Forces will further enhance bilateral defense collaboration between the two countries,” the statement added.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long-standing and historic fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and mutual support. The Kingdom is also home to over 2.5 million Pakistanis, serving as the South Asian nation’s top source of remittances.
Riyadh and Islamabad enjoy close cooperation in defense and other sectors, including trade, economy, culture, information and investment. In June, Pakistan set up a hybrid civil-military investment council to attract foreign investment in various sectors including mines, minerals and agriculture.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said Riyadh had agreed to invest $25 billion in projects that are part of the investment council for a period of three to five years.