ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have agreed to exchange of military personnel for training and joint ventures in defence production.
Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman Bin Abdul Aziz called on Minister for Defence Khawaja Mohammad Asif at the Punjab House on Sunday and discussed cooperation in the field of defence and training of military personnel. Asif warmly greeted the guest and said that his visit is highly significant. “We thank his excellency for undertaking this most important visit at the most important time”. Both the sides discussed matters of mutual cooperation in the field of defence and showed keen interest in extending cooperation in the field of defence and matters of defence trainings and cooperation in the field of education was broadly discussed.
Saudi Arabia greatly appreciated the capacity of Pakistan’s defence industry, and cooperation in the field of defence production also came under discussion. Khawaja Asif reiterated that Saudi Arabia held great importance for all Muslims across the world. This was the first visit of Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz to Pakistan after assuming the charge of defence minister. He hoped that the visit would further enhance ties and give boost to relations.
The minister reiterated that both the countries could be self-sufficient in defence equipment production besides exporting to international market. National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Crown Prince Prince Salman and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and ways of strengthening relations. Referring to the immemorial brotherly ties with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the speaker said that both the countries were intertwined in religious and cultural bonds, which have gained strength due to the commitment of ruling hierarchies on both sides. He said that Pakistan greatly values Saudi support during natural calamities and crisis.
Meanwhile, Minister of State of Saudi Arabia on Foreign Affairs Dr Nizar Bin Obaid Madani called on Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and discussed bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The meeting was held in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.
While welcoming the Saudi minister, Fatemi stated that the government of Pakistan accorded high priority to its relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He underscored that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was desirous of taking the bilateral relations to new heights.
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