According to the Saudi defense ministry, Pakistan’s army chief General Asim Munir met in-depth with his Saudi counterpart General Fayyad Al-Ruwaili on Thursday to discuss bilateral military cooperation between the two nations.
For many years, the two sides have maintained tight strategic ties, enabling their governments to work together in the areas of defense and diplomacy.
Saudi Arabia has previously received military training and guidance from Pakistan, and the nation has also purchased weapons and ammunition made at Pakistani military installations.
“His Excellency the Chief of the General Staff, First Lieutenant General Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, receives His Excellency the Chief of Staff of the Pakistani Army, First Lieutenant General Asim Munir, and they review the bilateral relations between the two countries in the defense and military fields, in addition to discussing a number of issues of common concern,” said the Saudi defense ministry, along with pictures of the visit, in a Twitter post.
On Wednesday, the newly appointed army chief of Pakistan launched his first official trip to Saudi Arabia since taking the position in November. He will visit the United Arab Emirates on his week-long trip to the Gulf to meet with the country’s top civilian and military authorities.
He had already visited with Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian defense minister, who gave the Pakistani general his congratulations on being appointed to the new position.
General Munir is traveling to the two Arab nations, according to the military’s media branch, ISPR, to “address items of mutual interest, military to military cooperation, and bilateral relations emphasizing on security related topics.”