Pakistan holds relations with Saudi Arabia in high esteem, says defence minister


RAWALPINDI: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, on Wednesday, said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia and desires to further diversify its cooperation.

He stated this while talking to Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Nawaf Al Malki, who called on him at the Ministry of Defence.

Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Zameerul Hassan Shah was also present on the occasion.

Dastgir mentioned that development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) was aimed at integrating the entire region and that will also benefit Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East to connect with the South Asia and China.

Later, the visiting ambassador held a formal meeting with the secretary too. During the meeting, matters related to mutual interest, including bilateral defence cooperation, were discussed.

The secretary apprised the ambassador about the efforts of Pakistani armed forces in countering menace of terrorism and ongoing operation Raddul Fassad.

Both the dignitaries agreed to work together in order to further strengthen the bilateral relations.