PR No. 95 Islamabad: December 12, 2017

“Building on a solid legacy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are progressing towards a comprehensive defence relationship for the twenty-first century.”

          This was stated by Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan while welcoming Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Aysh, who called on him at the Ministry of Defence.

          Secretary Defence Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zamir ul Hassan Shah, Additional Secretary Defence Rear Admiral Faisal Rasool Lodhi and Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki were present during the meeting.

          Federal Minister expressed good wishes and prayers for health and prosperity of the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, HRH King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

          Federal Minister highlighted the extensive LoC violations from Indian side, which have resulted in numerous civilian casualties.  Minister convey Pakistan’s expectation from KSA to play its diplomatic role to redress the situation.

          Deputy Defence Minister of the Saudi Arabia stated that KSA seeks Pakistan’s support for training to Saudi armed forces; especially in domain of counter terrorism, asymmetric warfare and mountain fighting.

          Khurram Dastgir Khan noted that despite enduring Pak-KSA relations, there is no formal strategic cooperation agreement. Federal Minister proposed an all-encompassing strategic Cooperation Agreement to deepen defence ties between two countries.

          Minister highlighted that as part of the strategic cooperation, agreements between national defence universities of both the countries may be formalized in order to expand cooperation in strategic planning.

          Defence Minister sent his felicitations to the Saudi Crown Prince for holding a successful Ministerial meeting of Islamic Military Coalition to Fight Terrorism, and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to safeguard the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and safety of Harmain Sharefain.