KSA seeks training on counter terrorism warfare

Staff Report
RAWALPINDI: Kingdom of Saud Arabia (KSA) deputy defence minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aeysh stated in his meeting with defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, on Tuesday, that KSA seeks Pakistan’s support for imparting training to Saudi armed forces especially in domains of counter terrorism, asymmetric warfare and mountain fighting; an official statement said.

Dastgir highlighted the extensive line of control (LoC) violations from Indian side, which have resulted in numerous civilian casualties and conveyed Pakistan’s expectation from KSA to play its diplomatic role to readdress the situation.

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

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

Dastgir 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 KSA and safety of the holy mosques.

“Building on a solid legacy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are progressing towards a comprehensive defence relationship for the 21st century,” Dastgir stated.

He expressed good wishes and prayers for health and prosperity of the custodian of the two holy mosques, Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

Defence secretary lieutenant general (retired) Zamir ul Hassan Shah, defence aditional secretary rear admiral Faisal Rasool Lodhi and Saudi ambassador Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki were present during the meeting.

Separately, Al-Aeysh called on chief of army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Tuesday, whereat matters of regional security and enhanced bilateral defence cooperation were discussed.

Al-Aeysh appreciated professional standing and performance of Pakistan army.