Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was conferred with the King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence for making significant contributions to defence cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman decorated the Army Cheif with the award in Jeddah today.
The Army Chief, who is on an official tour in Saudi Arabia, called on the Crown Prince and Saudi Defence Minister General Fayyadh Bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili in Jeddah.
During the meetings, the Army Chief said that Pakistan values its historical and brotherly relations with the Kingdom and acknowledges its unique place in the Islamic world. Both sides discussed matters of mutual interest, bilateral defence and security cooperation, and regional peace and stability.
They agreed upon enhancing defence cooperation in the fields of joint training, air defence, counter-terrorism, communication and information domain.
They have agreed to further improve their friendly relations and deep brotherhood into a lasting strategic partnership, being vital contributors to the region with significant responsibility toward the unity of the Muslim Ummah.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on receiving the King Abdulaziz Medal for his contributions to strengthening defence ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said Heartiest congratulations to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on conferment of King Abdulaziz Medal for his contributions to strengthening defence ties between our two brotherly countries. It is a great honour for the people and the armed forces of Pakistan. It is a great honour for the people and the armed forces of Pakistan to be able to contribute to the security of Saudi Arabia.
He said that Pakistan considers the security of Saudi Arabia as its own and is completely resolved to further cementing the multifaceted bilateral relationship between the two countries, including excellent defence cooperation.