Saudi Crown Prince confers top Saudi honour on COAS Bajwa

— Shehbaz congratulates COAS Gen Bajwa for receiving top Saudi honour

ISLAMABAD: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has been conferred upon King Abdulaziz Medal of Excellence for making significant contributions in defence cooperation between both the Countries.

The award was conferred during a visit by COAS to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on an official tour. During the visit, COAS called on Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of KSA and General Fayyadh Bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Saudi Armed Forces at Jeddah on Sunday.

During the meetings, matters of mutual interests, bilateral defence & security cooperation and regional peace & stability were discussed. COAS said that Pakistan values its historical and brotherly relations with the Kingdom and acknowledges its unique place in the Islamic world. Both sides agreed upon enhancing defence cooperation in the fields of Joint Training, Air Defence, Counter-terrorism and Communication and Information domain.

‘They also agreed to further enhance cordial relations and deep spirit of brotherhood into enduring strategic partnership, being vital players in the region with significant responsibility towards unity of Muslim Ummah.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Pakistani Army Chief was decorated with the highest medal by the government of brotherly Saudi Arabia.

In a couple of tweets uploaded on Sunday, Shehbaz Sharif declared that Pakistan considers the security of Saudi Arabia as its own. “We are completely resolved to further cementing our multifaceted bilateral relationship including excellent defence cooperation,” he added.

Extending his heartiest congratulations to Army Chief General Bajwa, Shehbaz Sharif wrote, “It is a great honour for the people and the armed forces of Pakistan. 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.”

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