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PR No.58 Prime Minister To Visit Saudi Arabia, 9-11 March 2016 Islamabad: March 7, 2016

On the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Prime Minister will undertake a visit to Saudi Arabia on 9-11 March 2016.

A large number of other Heads of State and Government have also been invited to witness the ongoing military exercise ‘North Thunder’ and its closing ceremony. Troops from twenty one countries, including Pakistan, are participating in the exercise, in the northern region of Saudi Arabia. The main goal of the exercise is to improve training in responding to the threat posed by terrorist groups.

Pakistan enjoys cordial and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia, which are characterized by strong bonds of affinity, mutual respect and solidarity, and draw strength from shared historical, cultural and Islamic values. Both countries enjoy multi faceted cooperation, including in the fields of defense and counter-terrorism.

As is well known, the people of Pakistan hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in high esteem. The Government of Pakistan has affirmed that we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with our Saudi brethren against any threat to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan has consistently supported all regional and international efforts to combat militancy, extremism and terrorism and, to this end, has extended its full support and cooperation to the international community.

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