COAS Gen. Raheel reiterates Pakistan's support to Saudi Arabia
06 February, 2014
RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday reiterated Pakistan's support to Saudi Arabia, on the first day of his official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The COAS called on Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and was conferred upon King Abudl Aziz Medal of Excellence by the crown prince, said an ISPR press release.
General Sharif expressed his happiness to visit the kingdom and meet with the crown prince.
The COAS held separate meetings with KSA Deputy Interior Minister Abdul Rahman bin Ali Al Rubaian, Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces General Hussain Bin Abdullah Al Qubayyal and Commander Royal Saudi Land Forces Lieutenant General Eid Bin Awadh Al Shalwi.
The meetings focused on defence and security cooperation, regional stability and steps towards strengthening bonds between the two countries.
The COAS reiterated goodwill of the government and people of Pakistan, and thanked the Saudi leadership for KSA's support to Pakistan and its armed forces.
General Raheel Sharif was also the guest of honour at a luncheon hosted by General Hussain Bin Abdullah Al Qubayyal.
General Raheel Sharif is on a three-day official visit to KSA on the invitation of Saudi authorities. His interaction with senior political and military leadership of Saudi Arabia will encompass Pak-Saudi relations with particular emphasis on defence and security cooperation.