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General Qamar Bajwa calls on Saudi King Salman, vows to guard Holy Mosques

Updated Dec 18, 2016 09:18pm
The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood. —Photo courtesy ISPR
The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood. —Photo courtesy ISPR

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Sunday, said a statement issued by military’s media wing.

The Saudi king and the army chief agreed that both the countries share great history of cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood which has transformed into an enduring partnership, read the Inter-Services Public Relations statement.

It was also acknowledged that both Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability, “with significant responsibility towards the entire Muslim ummah”.

Both leaders re-emphasised the need to continue working to eliminate the menace of terrorism and reinforce the mechanism to roll back extremism with even greater vigour.

General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan. —Photo courtesy ISPR
General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan. —Photo courtesy ISPR

Gen Bajwa reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of the Holy Mosques and also the territorial integrity of the kingdom.

The army chief, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, held a series of meetings on Sunday.

He held meeting with deputy crown prince and the defence minister Muhammad bin Salman to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security cooperation. The Defence Minster reassured Gen Bajwa that the kingdom supports peace and stability in Pakistan in every way.

Later General Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan to discuss military to military relations, defence cooperation and regional security situation. Both leaders agreed to boost military cooperation and collaboration.