Pak Army Chief meets Saudi King, discusses fight against terrorism

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Dec. 18 : Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, on Sunday called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and both sides stressed on eliminating terrorism.

"General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army staff (COAS), who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia, held series of meetings today.

He called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud," said a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), military's media wing.

"It was also acknowledged (during the meeting) that both Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are vital players in regional stability, with significant responsibility towards the entire Muslim ummah," the statement added.

It said that both leaders re-emphasised on the need to continue working to eliminate the menace of terrorism and reinforce the mechanism to roll back extremism with even greater vigour.

The crown Prince and Foreign minister were also present in the meeting. The COAS also held meeting with deputy crown prince and defence minister HRH Muhammad bin Salman to discuss matters related to mutual interests and bilateral security cooperation.

"The Defence Minister reassured the Army Chief that the kingdom supports peace and stability in Pakistan in every way," said the statement adding that the COAS reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the security and protection of the Holy Mosques and also the territorial integrity of the kingdom.

"Later General Qamar Javed Bajwa met Chief of General Staff of Saudi Forces Gen Abdul Rehman bin Saleh Al Bunyan to discuss military to military relations, defence cooperation and regional security situation.

Both leaders agreed to boost mil coop and collaboration," said the statement..

Source: ANI