ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir has affirmed the army’s continuing support towards capacity building of Saudi forces.

The pledge was made during a meeting between with the Saudi Assistant Minis­ter of Defence Maj Gen Talal Bin Abdullah Al-Otaibi, who called on the COAS at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, said a statement issued by ISPR on Friday.

The meeting discussed measures to enhance bilateral defence collaboration and military training.

The Saudi minister acknowledged Pakistan Army’s achievements and sacrifices in the war against terrorism and its valuable contribution towards regional peace and stability.

The Saudi minister and COAS also participated in the fifth meeting of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Defence Collabo­ration at GHQ. The forum discussed challenges to global and regional security and their implications on defence forces.

It noted that rapid advancements in modern technologies necessitated defence industrial cooperation in critical capabilities between the two brotherly countries.

Both sides reiterated their resolve to solidify efforts in defence collaboration.

Published in Dawn, April 20th, 2024

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