COAS Bajwa meets Saudi army’s top brass, discusses military ties

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday met the Saudi military leadership and discussed “military to military ties including training exchanges,” a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“Gen Bajwa was received by Saudi Arabia’s Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Fayyad Al-Ruwaili upon his arrival at the defence ministry,” ISPR said.

COAS also met Lieutenant General (Staff) Fahad bin Turki Al Saud, Commander Joint Forces, Saudi Arabia.

“During the meeting, prospects for military cooperation and ways to support and boost it were reviewed, in addition to matters of common concern,” the Saudi government said in a statement.

The army chief is accompanied by Director-General Inter-Servies Intelligence Lt Gen. Faiz Hameed.

Gen Bajwa had arrived in the kingdom earlier in the day on his official visit.

Earlier, DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar had confirmed to Reuters that the army chief was travelling to Saudi Arabia, saying that the visit was pre-planned and “primarily military affairs oriented.”

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